50% of Hong Kongers Say Snowden Should Stay
Hundreds rally to support whistleblower in Hong Kong streets
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 15, 2013 3:13 PM CDT
A supporter holds picture of Edward Snowden during a protest outside the Consulate General of the United States in Hong Kong.   (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

(Newser) – Hundreds gathered at a rally in Hong Kong today chanting "protect free speech—protect Snowden" and urging the government not to extradite the NSA whistleblower back to the US, reports the Guardian. The protest comes two days after Snowden told local media that the NSA has been hacking China since 2009. "It's unlawful, unjustified and unscrupulous," said a Hong Kong politician at the rally. "We demand the whole truth be disclosed by the US administration, an unconditional apology from Obama and an assurance this interference will stop."

A poll commissioned by the South China Morning Post has found only 17.6% of Hong Kong people believe Snowden should be extradited, while 50% oppose the move. The poll also found 33% believe he is a "hero." Meanwhile, sources tell the Post that the US is yet to make any requests with Hong Kong over Snowden, and rejects claims that US and Hong Kong government lawyers have been working together.

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Jun 17, 2013 12:50 AM CDT
What a disaster, U.S needs to learn to say no to China, but we all know who's in charge in Washington D.C.
Jun 16, 2013 8:19 PM CDT
And 90% of the 50% that want him to stay can't spell "welcome". It will be a SAD DAY when we let other countries, including Hong Kong and the United Nations, set domestic U.S. policy!
Jun 16, 2013 9:55 AM CDT
Mafia ,drug cartels and governments all need their dirty laundry and corrupt ways kept from the good and honest citizens of there country. When was the last time we got the truth or and honest answer from our government, 1963 maybe. Gulf of Tonkin, june 7th 1967 USS interprise, Nixon's war on drugs, Iran-Contra, 9/11, Osama Bin Laudin did it, Iraq has WMD's, our government is on the take.