Snowden Says He’s In Hong Kong, Will Stay Until Asked To Leave

NSA leaker Edward Snowden has resurfaced in a new interview with Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post that the paper suggests was conducted Tuesday night.

Snowden says he plans to remain on the island until he is “asked to leave,” and has faith in its rule of law.

“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. “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.” “

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

The paper did not divulge details of the circumstances of the interview, including where it was conducted or if it was done in person.

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