Hong Kong Residents Weigh in on Snowden

Created: 2013-06-18 19:45 EST

Category: World > Asia Pacific

Hong Kong residents had mixed feelings on Tuesday about the former National Security Agency contractor who revealed the U.S. government's top-secret surveillance programs.

Snowden told an online forum run by Britain's Guardian newspaper on Monday that he revealed the programs in part, out of disappointment with U.S. President Barack Obama.

Snowden who is believed to be hiding in Hong Kong, has been fighting back against his critics in an online forum and denies allegations that he is a spy for China.

[Hui Sau-han, Housewife, Hong Kong]:

"We Hong Kong people don't really care about whether we should protect Snowden or not, things should be done with accordance to Hong Kong laws. He keeps making announcements and revealing secrets, but I don't think he is selfish. It depends on your stance. I think he has sacrificed a lot."

Snowden, who worked in an NSA facility in Hawaii, says the government's "litany of lies" about the programs convinced him to act.

U.S. officials promised last week to hold him accountable for the leaks.