WikiLeaks Statement on Edward Snowden's Exit From Hong Kong
Sunday June 23, 1300 BST
Mr Edward Snowden, the American whistleblower who exposed evidence of
a global surveillance regime conducted by US and UK intelligence
agencies, has left Hong Kong legally. He is bound for a democratic
nation via a safe route for the purposes of asylum, and is being
escorted by diplomats and legal advisors from WikiLeaks.
Mr Snowden requested that WikiLeaks use its legal expertise and
experience to secure his safety. Once Mr Snowden arrives at his final
destination his request will be formally processed.
Former Spanish Judge Mr Baltasar Garzon, legal director of Wikileaks
and lawyer for Julian Assange has made the following statement:
"The WikiLeaks legal team and I are interested in preserving Mr
Snowden’s rights and protecting him as a person. What is being done to
Mr Snowden and to Mr Julian Assange - for making or facilitating
disclosures in the public interest - is an assault against the people".
(Blogger's Note: Baltasar Garzon first gained notoriety in 1988 when as a Spanish judge, using the legal concept of universal jurisdiction, he issued an arrest warrant for Auguston Pinochet, who had murdered and replaced Chile's elected Socialist President Salavadore Allende in a CIA backed coup and ruled Chile under a 17-year brutal dictatorship. In that case, US ally Britain refused to extradite Pinochet and he died before receiving justice. Among other such cases Garzon has investigated or prosecuted are the deaths of the many Spanish citizens killed during Spain's Franco dictatorship. In 2010 Garzon was disbarred by Spain's conservative judiciary, which is still dominated by Franco loyalists. He was then recruited by Julian Assange to head the WikiLeaks legal team.)