WikiLeaks 'helps Snowden asylum'

WikiLeaks has claimed that it helped with US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden's "political asylum in a democratic country, travel papers and safe exit from Hong Kong".

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Snowden's treatment is 'an assault against the people'

Julian Assange's lawyer said America's treatment of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was "an assault against the people".

Baltasar Garzon, a former Spanish judge and WikiLeaks legal director, said:

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.

– Baltasar Garzon, legal director of Wikileaks and lawyer for Julian Assange

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Extradition request did not 'comply with requirements'

Edward Snowden. Credit: Guardian/Glenn Greenwald/Laura Poitras

Edward Snowden was allowed to leave Hong Kong despite an extradition request from the US because documents provided by the US government did not "fully comply with the legal requirements under Hong Kong law," the country's authorities told AP.

It said there was no legal basis to stop Snowden from leaving.

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