There’s no better place to interview Edward Snowden’s lawyer than Hong Kong’s Mira Hotel, the place where the former NSA contractor first made his revelations. It’s also the hotel where Mr. Snowden was stuck – until he was rescued by Robert Tibbo, the lawyer who sneaked him out of the hotel as the whole world was looking for him.
Accordingly, Handelsblatt’s chief investigative reporter, Sönke Iwersen, was excited as he waited at the Mira to meet the lawyer.
Mr. Tibbo is a Canadian human rights lawyer who worked as a chemical engineer for Monsanto in Australia before retraining. He went to law school in Hong Kong while working as a corporate consultant and now represents thousands of refugees living under miserable conditions in the autonomous Chinese territory.
Mr. Tibbo showed up late as one of clients was being harassed by the local authorities. When he arrived, on a brutally hot day, he sank into the cushioned chair and took a long sip of water, before telling the story of Mr. Snowden, his most famous client – and the plight of those who saved his life.