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A picture of Edward Snowden, a former CIA employee who leaked top-secret documents about sweeping U.S. surveillance programs, is displayed on the front page of a newspaper in Hong Kong Wednesday, June 12, 2013. (Kin Cheung/AP)
A picture of Edward Snowden, a former CIA employee who leaked top-secret documents about sweeping U.S. surveillance programs, is displayed on the front page of a newspaper in Hong Kong Wednesday, June 12, 2013. (Kin Cheung/AP)

The 29-year-old American who admitted to leaking news of the National Security Agency's phone and internet surveillance programs to the media is reportedly in a safe house in Hong Kong, reaching out to human rights lawyers in the city.

Edward Snowden checked out of a Hong Kong hotel on Monday. He arrived in Hong Kong on May 20, just after taking leave from his job in Hawaii with NSA contracting firm Booz Allen Hamilton.

Snowden is a free man for now, and could be for years if court battles drag on to extradite him to the U.S.


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South China Morning Post "The ex-CIA analyst has been holed up in secret locations in Hong Kong since fleeing Hawaii ahead of highly sensitive leaks revealing details of US top-secret phone and internet surveillance of its citizens."

Reuters "Sources at Hong Kong law firms have said Snowden has approached human rights lawyers in the city and may be digging in his heels for a legal fight in preparation for the United States laying charges against him."

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This segment aired on June 12, 2013.

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