The asylum seekers who sheltered former US intelligence contractor turned whistle-blower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong have said they fear for their safety, after reports that Sri Lankan police had been in the city looking for them.
“I felt very scared and nervous … maybe they can arrest me … I don’t know what they would do, because they are cruel,” Supun Thilina Kellapatha said, describing his feelings after he was told about the presence of Sri Lankan agents in the city where he has filed a protection claim.
“I don’t feel stable. I walk on the road [and] I don’t know if the Criminal Investigation Department is there,” Kellapatha said.
In 2013, Snowden – who had just leaked sensitive US intelligence files – hid in Hong Kong, before heading to Russia, where he lives under asylum himself.