Snowden in 'Safe House'
There's no record of him leaving Hong Kong
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2013 7:43 AM CDT
A woman uses her smartphone at the waterfront in Hong Kong Tuesday, June 11, 2013.   (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

(Newser) – As of Monday, NSA leaker Edward Snowden had all but disappeared, having checked out of the $330-a-night Mira Hotel in Hong Kong. The Guardian reports what seems to be the most definitive update on his whereabouts, and it's pretty vague: "It is thought he is now in a safe house," writes Ewen MacAskill. No word on where that "safe house" is located, but Bloomberg picks up a report from a Hong Kong paper whose sources say the immigration department has no record of him leaving the city.

A further sign he's still in the city: Another Hong Kong-based paper today reported that Snowden is attempting to solicit help from human rights organizations and lawyers in the city, though the Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor says it has had no contact with him. Perhaps why he's seeking legal help: Should the DOJ charge Snowden as expected, Time explains he could then make an asylum claim (absent such charges, he can't file such a claim until his 90-day tourist visa expires in mid-August). But things could get much more complicated from there thanks to the "one country, two systems" reality of China-Hong Kong. Time explains how Beijing could get involved in the legal maneuvering.

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Buckshot
Jun 13, 2013 9:27 AM CDT
There isn't any where "safe" for this traitor but I heard that Saddam Husain's hole is for rent? Snowden is a product of his own "snow job" rotting in prison as a traitor is to good for him a firing squad would be more appropriate.
Who_Cares
Jun 13, 2013 1:34 AM CDT
I am concern that he might take that gate opened to Moscow
Libris_Fidelis
Jun 12, 2013 10:24 AM CDT
This is exactly the same scenario as happened to CIA operative Osama bin Laden, as happened to falsely-accused and set-up Lee Harvey Oswald, and even to George Armstrong Custer... our evil and totally dishonest government does entirely evil things and then resorts to mafia-style witch-hunt retaliations to hide from the public what has been going on secretly all along. It is clear that in our government's clandestine espionage of the world the same as Israel is doing, that our government considers anything the government does as being none of the public's business, when in a Democracy the government is OWNED by the public !!!!!