NSA leaker defends himself against accusations of being a Chinese spy

by Robert Maynard

The guy who leaked inforamtion about the National Security Acency spying on American citizens is now defending himself from accusations of being a Chinese spy.  He considered such accusations to be a smear and said that they were predictable.  Here is an exceprt from this Fox News story:

The former NSA contractor who leaked information on the government’s top-secret Internet- and phone-tracking programs on Monday denied being a Chinese spy, calling the speculation a “predictable smear.”

Edward Snowden addressed those rumors, and a number of other questions, during an extensive online chat hosted by Guardian.com. From an undisclosed location presumably in Hong Kong, Snowden blasted the U.S. government’s surveillance programs and indicated he plans to hunker down in Hong Kong as long as possible.

Snowden was asked directly during the chat about speculation he did or would provide classified material to the Chinese government in exchange for asylum.

“This is a predictable smear that I anticipated before going public, as the US media has a knee-jerk ‘RED CHINA!’ reaction to anything involving HK or the PRC, and is intended to distract from the issue of US government misconduct,” Snowden answered.

“Ask yourself: if I were a Chinese spy, why wouldn’t I have flown directly into Beijing? I could be living in a palace petting a phoenix by now.”