Snowden sought refuge with asylum-seekers

Local | 8 Sep 2016 10:54 am

Several asylum seekers in Hong Kong say they let Edward Snowden hide in their flats after he fled the US in June 2013. The former contractor for the US National Security Agency had leaked secrets about the NSA's surveillance of millions of Americans and others. 

Canada's National Post and the New York Times report that a Canadian lawyer arranged for Snowden to stay with several of his other clients, who were applying for refugee status in Hong Kong. 

Snowden spent two weeks shuttling between at least three locations in poor areas of Kowloon, staying in tiny, decrepit flats. 

The lawyer, Robert Tibbo, says his clients came forward with their story now in hopes that the attention will prompt the Hong Kong government to take action on their cases. More than 11,000 foreigners are stranded in legal limbo here, waiting for the government to process their applications.-RTHK

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