Snowden seeks help for Sri Lankan family in Hong Kong

US whistle blower and fugitive Edward Snowden has sought assistance for the Sri Lankan family who helped him in Hong Kong.

Snowden tweeted an appeal to help the family following fears they are being sought by the police Criminal Investigations Department (CID).

“If you can, please help. The families who sheltered me are reportedly sought by Sri Lanka’s CID, known for torture,” Snowden tweeted.

The police had already this week denied hunting down two Sri Lankans who provided shelter to Snowden during his stay in Hong Kong.

A release from the police spokesman Priyantha Jayakodi had said the police categorically denied placing them under surveillance or initiating any other investigation against the duo, who are seeking asylum.

Supun Thilina Kellapatha and former soldier Ajith Pushpakumara, who had hosted Snowden in 2013, had claimed they were “scared and nervous” about the alleged activities of Sri Lankan police agents’ in Hong Kong.

Their lawyers said they were targeted by agents from their home country. (Colombo Gazette)