Beijing: Edward Snowden, the US whistleblower who unveiled the controversial snooping programme carried out by the US government, has lately revealed that he intends to stay on in Hong Kong and continue to disclose what he saw as ‘criminality’ in the US security agencies.

It was never thought wise of Snowden to choose Hong Kong as a ‘safe place’ to evade US law due to the special extradition treaty between the two countries. However Snowden clears the air surrounding his decision to stay in Hong Kong, saying that his intentions were misunderstood. “I am not here to hide from justice. I am here to reveal criminality,” he told an English newspaper in China.

“I have had many opportunities to flee Hong Kong, but I would rather stay and fight the US government in the courts, because I have faith in Hong Kong’s rule of law” he added.

Showing their support for the former CIA employee, Russia on Tuesday said they might offer asylum to the ‘snoopgate’ whistleblower if he applies.

Edward Snowden, 29, an employee of defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, leaked to the Guardian last week details of how the US National Security Agency (NSA) ‘traced’ millions of netizens worldwide, saying his goal was to inform US citizens on how the government gathers private information under the so-called Patriot Act of 2001.

Snowden previously served a number of roles in the intelligence community, including as a former technical assistant with the CIA and with several outside contractors.


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