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June 10, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING -- Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old contractor identified as the source of leaks about the U.S. electronic surveillance program, apparently checked out of his Hong Kong hotel at midday Monday, his destination and whereabouts unknown. "We know he was here until today," said Cosmo Beatson, a Hong Kong-based refugee activist who heads an organization called Vision First. Beatson said Monday night it is possible that Snowden boarded a plane from Hong Kong -- since there is no warrant for his arrest -- or was smuggled onto one of the many illegal speedboats smuggling people and goods between mainland Chinese and Hong Kong.
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June 22, 2013 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING -- The case of Edward Snowden, who is accused of criminal theft of government property and other charges in the U.S., has galvanized civic groups in Hong Kong where the self-proclaimed leaker has been holed up for weeks. Many in Hong Kong regard the decision of whether to extradite Snowden as a test of the city's autonomy vis-à-vis Beijing. The territory of 7 million residents has its own legal system apart from the mainland's. Hong Kong Police Commissioner Andy Tsang said Saturday during a brief news conference that the matter would be handled according to law. He refused to answer a question about whether Snowden was in a police “safe house.” After initially spending time in a Hong Kong hotel, Snowden reportedly moved to a private residence.
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