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EXCLUSIVE: Whistle-blower Edward Snowden talks to South China Morning Post

Ex-CIA contractor speaks to reporter from secret location in Hong Kong, revealing fresh details of US surveillance, pressure on Hong Kong, snooping and cyber attacks on China.

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 12 June, 2013, 8:51pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 13 June, 2013, 3:31am

Surveillance whistle-blower Edward Snowden has spoken for the first time since blowing his own cover in an exclusive interview with the South China Morning Post.

The ex-CIA analyst has been holed up in secret locations in Hong Kong since fleeing Hawaii ahead of highly sensitive leaks revealing details of US top-secret phone and internet surveillance of its citizens.

Snowden's actions have been both praised and condemned globally. 

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But he told Post reporter Lana Lam: "I'm neither traitor nor hero. I'm an American."

Today, he reveals:

  • more explosive details on US surveillance targets
  • his plans for the immediate future
  • the steps he claims the US has taken since he broke cover in Hong Kong
  • his fears for his family

The 29-year-old was working for defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton at the National Security Agency (NSA), the biggest spy surveillance organisation in the world, when he leaked information claiming the US was systematically seizing vast amounts of phone and web data. Snowden fled to Hong Kong after using Britain’s Guardian newspaper to expose the agency’s PRISM program which gives officials easy access to data held by nine of the world’s top internet companies, including Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Skype.

People who think I made a mistake in picking HK as a location misunderstand my intentions. I am not here to hide from justice; I am here to reveal criminality

“People who think I made a mistake in picking HK as a location misunderstand my intentions. I am not here to hide from justice; I am here to reveal criminality,” Snowden told the Post earlier today.

He vowed to fight any extradition attempt by the US government, saying: “My intention is to ask the courts and people of Hong Kong to decide my fate. I have been given no reason to doubt your system.’’

It is believed the US is pursuing a criminal investigation, but no extradition request has yet been filed. Hong Kong has an extradition treaty with the US, although analysts say any attempts to bring Mr Snowden to America may take months and could be blocked by Beijing.

His actions have been both praised and condemned globally, with some hailing him a hero while others a traitor. Some senators have accused Snowden of treason.

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Mikhail  Kryzhanovsky
CIA AGAINST AMERICA. Part 2. M.Kryzhanovsky
That's why they control the White House and the U.S. Congress and kill politicians if needed. My alias was "Filament", the job was to penetrate the White House and the U.S. Congress and also work a a sniper and "stay close to President Bill Clinton" which means his assassination. That's why I wrote "The Professional" system (top political management ) for Bill Clinton.I have a special CIA status - I could make my own decisions what to do and how to do the job. I refused to kill and that's why I'm under severe CIA pressure - the Agency wants me back no matter what.
In 2001 I've asked Senator Hillary Clinton to help me fight CIA which kept pressing me - I couldn't get my family here. I've asked Lus Mendes, Hillary
Clinton's Immigration Dept Chief to tell her boss that I've saved Bill Clinton's life by refusing to work for CIA. After that Hillary Clinton helped me.
Later Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand refused to look into CIA/FBI anti-American conspiracy and both informed me that "national security is not their business".
Mikhail  Kryzhanovsky

CIA AGAINST AMERICA. Part 1. M.Kryzhanovsky.
Confidential
Mike Rogers, Chairman
U.S. House Committee on Intelligence
133 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
June 10, 2013
Dear Mr. Rogers,

On June 29, 2012 I've contacted Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, Washington, DC 20511, 703-482-130 on CIA "Millenium Hilton" top secret program. William Shea from the Office answered: " I still see no proof of any connection to the CIA, and you have not explained how the CIA is effecting your life at this time. What is happening to you that you want to have stopped?" On June 30, 2012 same William Shea sent me e-mail:"CIA told me that "Filament" doesn't exist".
I want to inform you, Mr. Rogers that I do exist and I am the part of CIA/FBI/U.S. Secret Service program which I call "Millenium Hilton", (New York hotel where CIA agents recruit and work with the members of this program, and where I was recruited on September 1, 1995 as a joint CIA and FBI National Security Division "project").
The purpose of this program is to secure CIA, FBI and U.S. Secret Service self-preservation.
aublumberg
Story moved to here
****www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1259422/edward-snowden-let-hong-kong-people-decide-my-fate
choyshinglin
Thanks for choosing Hong Kong!
yty07
Seems SCMP wants to replace Guardian. Let see how surprising the exclusive stories will be tomorrow. Believe they must now be very busy working overnight on the editions.
albertochu
Look forward to
myywkywk@gmail.com
this is a trailer, hahaha, imdb lol
myywkywk@gmail.com
full story soon ? how long ?
hkbulib2
My guess is Snowden chose the SCMP to talk to – it is unlikely he had wandered around Causeway Bay and been spotted by the reporter. So this is an achievement of the newspaper's reputation, similar to the reason the Washington Post and the Guardian were fed the scoop. Looking forward to it.
hkbulib2
Is this a trailer?

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