Help families who sheltered me on the run: Snowden

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Help families who sheltered me on the run: Snowden

The world’s most famous whistleblower, Edward Snowden, has urged people to do all they can to support the three asylum-seeking families in Hong Kong t...

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The world’s most famous whistleblower, Edward Snowden, has urged people to do all they can to support the three asylum-seeking families in Hong Kong that sheltered him four years ago. Speaking to the Chaos Communication Congress in Leipzig, the former National Security Agency contractor praised the families for helping him when they stood to lose everything. "Somebody showed up on their doorstep. Imagine that was you – and it’s the most wanted man in the world. And he needs help. Maybe he’s the worst person on earth. Maybe he’s the best. You don’t know," Snowden told the gathering. He said the families knew what it was like to be hunted - and "they risked a lot" to help, said Snowden, who left Hong Kong in June 2013 and has been living in Russia in temporary asylum ever since. "So many people say so negative things about refugees today. They see them as the worst kind of people. But I know from my lived experience, right - my seed of doubt – that there are cases that they’re wrong. And this is absolutely one of them," Snowden told the congress. "These are some of the best people that I’ve ever met, who have nothing but were willing to risk everything for someone that they didn’t even know, just because they knew what it was like to need shelter." Also speaking at the event was Robert Tibbo, the lawyer who represented Snowden in Hong Kong and now represents the asylum-seeking families. Tibbo said they are still being targeted and punished by the Hong Kong government because of their association with Snowden. He said in the past year, the families have been hunted by Sri Lankan agents and been deprived of what little financial assistance they were due as asylum-seekers in the city. Tibbo said lawyers for the families had filed refugee claims in Canada - but Canada was no longer expediting their requests. He said whatever happens, the families won’t be in Hong Kong by the end of 2018.

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