US secrets leaker has options to stay in Hong Kong
HONG KONG (AP) - The American defence contractor who says he leaked information on classified US surveillance programmes could benefit from a quirk in Hong Kong law that would ensure a lengthy battle to deport him.
Mr Edward Snowden's whereabouts were not immediately known on Tuesday, although he was believed to be staying somewhere in the southern Chinese city that has a well-established, Western-style legal system inherited from its status as a former British colony.
The journalist who brought his revelations to the public, Mr Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian, said he had been in touch with Mr Snowden, but declined to say whether he was still in Hong Kong and said he did not know what his future plans were.
"He hasn't communicated a plan to me. I don't know if he has a plan," Mr Greenwald told The Associated Press. Mr Greenwald's reports last week, which exposed widespread US government programmes to collect telephone and Internet records, were based on information from Mr Snowden.