Snowden in a 'safe place' as US prepares to seek extradition: report
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Edward Snowden was in a"safe place" in Hong Kong, a newspaper reported on Saturday, as the United States prepared to seek the extradition of the former US National Security Agency contractor after filing espionage charges against him.
The South China Morning Post said Snowden, who has exposed secret US surveillance programs including new details published on Saturday about alleged hacking of Chinese phone companies, was not in police protection in Hong Kong, as had been reported elsewhere.
"Contrary to some reports, the former CIA analyst has not been detained, is not under police protection but is in a 'safe place' in Hong Kong," the newspaper said.
Hong Kong Police Commissioner Andy Tsang declined to comment other than to say Hong Kong would deal with the case in accordance with the law.