NSA leaker Edward Snowden has told a newspaper in Hong Kong he does not consider himself a hero or a traitor, in his first interview since blowing his cover.
Weighing in on the fierce debate his revelations have ignited and the praise and condemnation he has received worldwide he said:
I'm neither traitor nor hero. I'm an American.
"It's like a thief shouting stop thief," that's how a leading Chinese expert described the fallout from the NSA spying revelations.
The revelation of the Prism intelligence-gathering program will undermine the US' moral authority to deal with China over cyber espionage.
America's top intelligence official has called Edward Snowden's actions a "violation of sacred trust."