Snowden: I am not in China to hide from justice; I am here to reveal criminality

Snowden said that people mistake his motives, that he choose China so he could hide underground and not be found. But he says that’s not it at all, that he’s there so he can reveal ‘criminality’, and hopes to stay in China as long as they will allow him.

He’s also reported to have said “I’m neither traitor nor hero. I’m an American.”

Much more below:

SCMP – Edward Snowden says he wants to ask the people of Hong Kong to decide his fate after choosing the city because of his faith in its rule of law.

The 29-year-old former CIA employee behind what might be the biggest intelligence leak in US history revealed his identity to the world in Hong Kong on Sunday. His decision to use a city under Chinese sovereignty as his haven has been widely questioned – including by some rights activists in Hong Kong.

Snowden said last night that he had no doubts about his choice of Hong Kong.

“People who think I made a mistake in picking Hong Kong as a location misunderstand my intentions. I am not here to hide from justice; I am here to reveal criminality,” Snowden said in an exclusive interview with the South China Morning Post.

“I have had many opportunities to flee HK, but I would rather stay and fight the United States government in the courts, because I have faith in Hong Kong’s rule of law,” he added.

Snowden says he has committed no crimes in Hong Kong and has “been given no reason to doubt [Hong Kong’s legal] system”.

“My intention is to ask the courts and people of Hong Kong to decide my fate,” he said.

The Hong Kong government has so far refused to comment on Snowden’s case. While many Hong Kong lawmakers, legal experts, activisits and members of the public have called on the city’s courts to protect Snowden’s rights, others such as Beijing loyalist lawmaker and former security chief Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee said he should leave.

Snowden said yesterday that he felt safe in the city.

“As long as I am assured a free and fair trial, and asked to appear, that seems reasonable,” he said.

He says he plans to stay in Hong Kong until he is “asked to leave”.

The United States has not yet filed an application for extradition.

(h/t: Drudge)

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36 thoughts on “Snowden: I am not in China to hide from justice; I am here to reveal criminality

  1. People keep saying he has revealed our tactics and hurt national security by these revelation’s. BS!! Do they really think terrorists are stupid enough not to know that their communications could be watched? I know that and I didn’t have to put much thought into it. This isn’t news to terrorists!!

  2. I want to believe Snowden but something smells a little fishy here. I wish I could put my finger on it. Is this just another in a long line of the regime’s scandals or something else entirely?

  3. I think what he has revealed about the unconstitutional abuses of power by the Identity-Thief-in-Chief,  Nero Obama, has helped us to begin the very hard task of fighting it.
    I think he has a lot more to reveal as well.  He said in the original interview for The Guardian that from his desk at the NSA he had the authorized security clearances to allow him to look at anyone’s personal emails, including those of the president of the United States.  I take this to mean that he has already done just that.  Else why would you say you could look at the president’s emails from his NSA desk if you didn’t know already that you could and there’s only one way to find that out and that is by actually looking at the president’s emails.
    I would think Snowden has copies of Nero Obama’s emails somewhere where he or anyone he chooses can have easy access to them.
    Whether he is a hero or a traitor or even an American, at this point, is beside the point.
    I really think he’s a part of the BORG collective which the BORG Queen Nero Obama has consistently surrounded himself with and feeds upon.  How else, if his background is accurate – that he has a GED, ect.- could he get such a powerful position at the highest levels of our nation’s security apparatus unless he was one of the BORG who surround the BORG Queen, Nero Obama?
    Now he may in fact be working for China.  I don’t know but I do believe that socialists and communists and Marxists are the same whereever you go – they are BORG.  And it really doesn’t matter how he got to where he did since the same people who put him in place to begin with will put someone else in the same place if they haven’t done so already.
    John Craven – New Orleans

  4. Hate to say this but I believe  Mr. Snowden !!!  Before i would ever believe a damn thing that Obama would say or any of his minions.

  5. I have been coming to RS for month or so but I have never seen a jabberwocky magnet as this topic. Makes me wonder if there are some Trolls cursing the social network sites in attempt to turn this snowden into a hated traitor before the white house yells “Off With His Head”

    1. DHardy Duh!   Of coarse there are trolls cruising, as-well-as cursing, the social networks.  It’s the nature of social networking now so as conservatives we all need to stay focused!

  6. His choice is probably a pretty good one. China isn’t intimidated by the US, especially now that obamawimp is in charge, and they don’t owe obama anything or want any favors from him.

  7. Edward Snowden is a hero in my opinion. He hasn’t put anyone’s life in danger or revealed any sensitive data that would cause the USA to be in danger from anyone other than its own citizens. There should be outrage but the Sheeple continue to sleep. I fear we are surrounded and possibly outnumbered by a combination of both braindead people and people that just don’t give a damn. The greatest country in the world? I am not so sure anymore. Snowden cares more about us than our Rulers do that’s for sure!

    1. faustmanv Really? You think so? Then why do we already have news reports of terrorists re-tooling and re-grouping in light of his leaks?

      1. Laurel A faustmanv How do we know that is true? What proof have they given us that the terrorists are re-grouping? How would they know that already? I don’t believe anything they say anymore.

        1. celestiallady Laurel A faustmanv We know it’s true from reading their blogs and FB pages among other things. If you get so paranoid that you paralyzed and can’t make a analytical or critical thinking decision then they have won already.

  8. Just think if he had not said anything we would no nothing. This program would continue to grow.. I’m sure Obama and thugs would “Off” this guy at the first chance they got….So if it was any of you what would you do?  Remain Quiet and surrender you ethics..I know my country is doing bad things but I’m going to stay quiet so you’re not a traitor? OR would you say something being true to your self and your fellow Americans…Because I have to tell you…I don’t hardly recognize this government in power as being American and in fact I would say they are very much so the opposite. They have pitted themselves against the American people. I think it’s a shame that any American has to put in a position like this…we should have NO QUESTION as to what our leaders are up to and that they are conducting themselves honestly and humanely and protecting our hard earned interests such as the constitution…..

    1. DHardy 
      Many have known about this and written about this for a very long time.
      “When the Supreme Court upheld that the Federal Trade Commission’s
      administrative subpoena of internal tobacco company records in 1924,
      Justice Wendell Holmes limited the power to companies, 
      writing that anyone “who respects the spirit as well as the letter of
      the Fourth Amendment would be loath to believe that Congress intended to
      authorize one of its subordinate agencies to sweep all our traditions
      into the fire and to direct fishing expeditions into private papers.”
      But times have changed….. they have migrated from
      corrupt businesses to people suspected of crime. They are fishing
      expeditions when there is no probable cause for a warrant.”

      1. sDee DHardy Well then sDee why are they not being hunted down and charged with I don’t think this NSA has ever gone as far as it has with Obama in office…they are talking about intercepting conference calls and teleconferencing. NSA would be able to actually make or break a company and we wouldn’t even know that they did….I think it’s safe to say things have changed a lot in the last 6 yrs

        1. DHardy sDee  
          Tyranyts become emboldened as they go unchallenged. It seems little has changed since Bush ruled over this except that those in DC who would challenge the abuse have gone silent.

          No one is now left except we  the people to challenge the tyrants who rule America.

    1. ChrisDias 
      What he exposed the NSA following the law – an insidious  and unconstitutional law which We, the People have sat by as two presidents exploited it and Congress did nothing to stop it. 
      These are administrative subpoenas.  Read through your lastest credit card privacy statement and you will likely find that you too have given permission for this information to be collected.

  9. Regarding the first sentence:  The only governmment he can’t hide from in Hong Kong is the Chinese government.  The longer they both pretend he can’t be found, the more likely it becomes they are in cahoots.

    1. E Lee Zimmerman You try snitching on the “ass-backwards” of this regime, and see if you don’t become a bit antsy..

      1. Can you briefly explain?  I have been thinking he is very brave.  If I am mistaken please enlighten me.  Honest question.

        1. Stehekin912

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