Other media: Edward Snowden called 'a hero' and 'grandiose narcissist'
The revelation by The Guardian newspaper that 29-year-old American Edward Snowden is the whistleblower on the US government’s top secret, extensive domestic surveillance programmes and that he has taken refuge in Hong Kong made the front page of most newspapers and websites around the world. Here’s what some other media have to say on the subject:
Tuesday, June 11
Is Edward Snowden, the twenty-nine-year-old N.S.A. whistle-blower who was last said to be hiding in Hong Kong awaiting his fate, a hero or a traitor? He is a hero, John Cassidy writes.
For this, some, including my colleague John Cassidy, are hailing him as a hero and a whistle-blower. He is neither. He is, rather, a grandiose narcissist who deserves to be in prison, writes Jeffrey Toobin.
"Edward Snowden is a hero who informed the public about one of the most serious events of the decade which is the creeping formulation of a mass surveillance state that has now corrupted the courts in the United States..." WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said.
“I feel a certain need to be cautious about not wanting to do the work for the government,” documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras told Salon, but agreed to clarify some parts of her role in the story.
While Hong Kong’s newspapers are busy combing the city for Snowden, mainland Chinese papers -- and the country’s usually scandal-loving social media -- are covering other stories.
Snowden "has done a great service because he is telling the truth... This is what America is starved for," said former US presidential candidate, to whose campaign in 2012 Snowden donated money.
Edward Snowden, 29, checked out from his hotel on Monday. His whereabouts are unknown, but he is believed to be still in Hong Kong. Earlier, he said he had an "obligation to help free people from oppression".
Monday, June 10
A senior figure in Hong Kong law enforcement has suggested NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden should leave the city. Regina Ip, a pro-Beijing legislator who was previously the city’s top security official, said Hong Kong was “obliged to comply with the terms of agreements” with the US government, which included the extradition of fugitives.
American officials have launched an investigation into how a government contractor authored the leak of a vast covert surveillance project. American and Chinese authorities in Hong Kong were refusing to be drawn on whether Mr Snowden would be allowed to leave the city. He said he was considering a move to Iceland, but the Icelandic consulate refused to say whether it had any contact with the former CIA technician.
In choosing Hong Kong as an initial place to take refuge from the United States government, the National Security Agency contractor who has acknowledged leaking documents has selected a jurisdiction where it may be possible to delay extradition but not avoid it, legal and law enforcement experts here said.
Rather than face charges in the United States, Snowden has fled to Hong Kong. He plans to seek asylum in a nation with a strong civil liberties record, such as Iceland.
As NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals that he is in hiding in Hong Kong, the BBC looks at whether he is at risk of extradition to the US.
Snowden’s choice to launch his truth offensive from Hong Kong has many speculating at what happens next. Some have wondered whether his decision represented an implicit endorsement of China’s human rights record, but this does not seem to be the case.
The 29-year-old government contractor who turned whistleblower to reveal vast US surveillance programs says he is not afraid, despite the intelligence authorities’ threat to hunt him down.
Video: The Post talks to Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian reporter who broke the NSA surveillance story.