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Half of Hong Kong residents don't want whistleblower Edward Snowden extradited

Poll finds 49.9 per cent of respondents think Mr Snowden, who has dropped out of sight in the city after exposing vast US surveillance programmes, should not be sent back if Washington files for extradition.

HONG KONG // Half of Hong Kong residents believe the city's government should not extradite Edward Snowden, according to a poll published yesterday.

The poll in the Sunday Morning Post found 49.9 per cent of respondents thought Mr Snowden, who has dropped out of sight in the city after exposing vast US surveillance programmes, should not be sent back if Washington files for extradition.

The survey found that only 17.6 per cent of 509 respondents favoured the move, while 32.4 per cent were undecided.

Hundreds of people turned out in wet weather on Saturday to rally in support of Mr Snowden outside the US consulate and government headquarters.