Beijing, 12 June: Mr Edward Snowden, the whistle-blower on American spy programme that targeted global Internet traffic, today said he will fight any extradition attempts by USA and is reported to have “revealed” new information on Washington’s snooping and cyber attacks on China.
“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,” 29-year-old Mr Snowden told the South China Morning Post from a secret location. “I’m neither traitor nor hero. I’m an American,” the newspaper quoted him as saying. He vowed to fight any extradition attempt by the US government, saying, “My intention is to ask the courts and people of Hong Kong to decide my fate. I have been given no reason to doubt your system”.
It is believed the USA is pursuing a criminal investigation, but no extradition request has yet been filed. Hong Kong has an extradition treaty with the US, although analysts say any attempts to bring Snowden to America may take months and could be blocked by Beijing.
His actions have been both praised and condemned globally, with some hailing him a hero while others a traitor.
Some Senators have accused Mr Snowden of treason and demanded his immediate extradition from Hong Kong over the sensational leaks. A brief write up in the Post said in his interview, he revealed fresh details of US surveillance, pressure on Hong Kong, snooping and cyber attacks on China. pti