Snowden: I'm Neither Traitor Nor Hero
Whistleblower intends to throw himself on the mercy of Hong Kong
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 12, 2013 10:02 AM CDT
This image made available by The Guardian Newspaper in London shows an undated image of Edward Snowden, 29.   (AP Photo/The Guardian, Ewen MacAskill)

(Newser) – Edward Snowden, having apparently seen a plethora of headlines like this one, set the record straight today in an interview with the South China Morning Post. "I'm neither traitor nor hero," the NSA leaker said. "I'm an American." In his first interview since initially revealing himself as the culprit in the NSA leak, Snowden discussed his next moves, which apparently involve throwing himself at Hong Kong's mercy.

"People who think I made a mistake in picking HK as a location misunderstand my intentions," he said. "I am not here to hide from justice; I am here to reveal criminality. My intention is to ask the courts and the people of Hong Kong to decide my fate. I have been given no reason to doubt your system." The Post says it will post more from the interview soon, and promises that it will contain, among other things, "more explosive details on US surveillance targets."

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Libris_Fidelis
Jun 13, 2013 8:27 AM CDT
Let us not lose sight of what Edward Snowden is bravely giving up... the same as Bradley Manning... from the clues they both knew the loss they were going to face by telling their fellow natizens about the vile evil our country is doing against our own people. Remember... We the people supposedly OWN this government... but our government is acting exactly like the 1930s European Nazis and today's Israel !!!
apocalypso
Jun 12, 2013 10:31 PM CDT
I've been saying all along he's neither traitor nor hero, just some dumbass who's ruined his life in order to "inform" the public of something that was already public knowledge to anyone who's not an idiot like him. Dummy.
ren1999
Jun 12, 2013 10:03 PM CDT
It is no secret as reported on the regular WIKI site that the second most widely taught language at the Defense Language Institute is Chinese. So how is this "shocking" or new or damaging information?