|Regina Ip urges Snowden to leave
A senior pro-Beijing lawmaker said the US whistleblower Edward Snowden, who is believed to be holed up in Hong Kong after leaking details of a massive secret internet surveillance program, should leave the city.
Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, formerly the city's top official overseeing security, said the administration was “obliged to comply with the terms of agreements'' with the US government, which included the extradition of fugitives, AFP reports.
“It's actually in his best interest to leave Hong Kong,'' she said, adding that she did not know whether the government had yet received an extradition request. “I doubt it will happen so quickly,'' she said.
Both the US consulate and Hong Kong government declined comment so far.
“To extradite someone will probably require a lot of process in Hong Kong,'' Law Yuk-kai, director of the city's Human Rights Monitor watchdog group, said.
“Anybody here in Hong Kong should be protected under international standards. We hope anybody here will be dealt with fairly and their rights are respected.''
Snowden, a former technical assistant for the CIA, worked for the NSA as an employee of various outside contractors, including Dell and Booz Allen Hamilton.