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First Word: Snowden says he's not hiding from justice

The self-identified NSA whisteblower is hunkering down in Hong Kong, for now at least, after releasing details of classified government surveillance programs to
An interview of Edward Snowden by the South China Morning Post newspaper and a website supporting Snowden in Hong Kong are displayed on a computer screen in Hong Kong on June 12, 2013. (Photo by  Bobby Yip/Reuters)
An interview of Edward Snowden by the South China Morning Post newspaper and a website supporting Snowden in Hong Kong are displayed on a computer screen in...

The self-identified NSA whisteblower is hunkering down in Hong Kong, for now at least, after releasing details of classified government surveillance programs to reporters.

"I have had many opportunities to flee," Edward Snowden said during an interview with the South China Morning Post on Wednesday. "But I would rather stay and fight the United States government in the courts, because I have faith in Hong Kong's rule of law. I am not here to hide from justice. I am here to reveal criminality." Snowden also told the paper he's "neither a traitor nor hero. I'm an American."

As of now, no extradition request has been filed by U.S. authorities.

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