Is Edward Snowden's Story On The NSA Surveillance Programs Unravelling?

A statement by Hong Kong online media "In Media Hong Kong" supporting Edward Snowden, a contractor at the National Security Agency (NSA), is displayed alongside a petition to "Pardon Edward Snowden" on a White House website, on a computer screen in Hong Kong in this June 12, 2013 illustration photo. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

Is Edward Snowden's Story Unravelling? Why The Guardian's Scoop Is Looking A Bit Dodgy -- Tim Stanley, The Telegraph

Now that the dust has settled after the Edward Snowden affair, it’s time to ask some tough questions about The Guardian’s scoop of the week. Snowden’s story is that he dropped a $200,000 a year job and a (very attractive) girlfriend in Hawaii for a life in hiding in Hong Kong in order to expose the evils of the NSA's Prism programme. But bits of the story are now being questioned.

1. Why did he go to China? It was always an odd aspect of his plan that he should choose as his refuge from tyranny a totalitarian state that happily spies on its own people and imprisons dissenters. True, Hong Kong itself has a tradition of resistance to dictatorship, but it also has a treaty with the US that would make it relatively easy for America to extradite their guy back. Perhaps Snowden simply has the worst lawyers in history?

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My Comment: I prefer to focus on the message not the messenger .... for now. But if there are inaccuracies in the report .... the focus will then shift to Edward Snowden himself, and that would be unfortunate.

Update: Snowden vows to stay in HK, make more disclosures -- AFP

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