Snowden escaped arrest with help from a Canadian and refugees in Hong Kong
Edward Snowden's story is not just like a Hollywood thriller. It is one.
On Friday, the Oliver Stone-directed biopic Snowden debuts at the Toronto International Film Festival. The narrative will include new details about how the American intelligence contractor escaped arrest in Hong Kong. Snowden was in Hong Kong when he leaked details about the U.S. government's extensive cyber-spying networks.
With the American authorities desperate to find Snowden in the Chinese city, he hid for for almost two weeks before escaping to Moscow.
All of them, without reservation, made the decision that they wanted to help him.- Robert Tibbo, lawyer
Tibbo spoke to As It Happens host Carol Off. Here is part of their conversation:
Carol Off: How did you decide that you might be able to have these clients help Mr. Snowden, to hide him?
CO: Mr. Snowden was staying in a very good hotel before all this began, before the news was out and he had to go underground. And then he was staying in some very cramped quarters. What was his state of mind, as he hid in these various places you found for him?
CO: But he must have been very afraid. What was he going through?
RT: Intellectually, Mr. Snowden was fine. He had made a decision of conscience, to make these disclosures. But as a human being, he was scared. When you actually face the prospect of being apprehended, and losing your liberty, possibly for the rest of your life, that's a very difficult situation. Ed was scared, but over time, with the refugee families, he gradually calmed down, and he was in a very warm safe environment. In terms of the refugees, after they knew who he was, and after they understood the gravity of the situation, all of them without reservation made the decision that they wanted to help him.
For more on this story, listen to our full interview with Robert Tibbo.