By Jeremy Herb - 06/17/13 05:12 PM EDT
“Ask yourself: if I were a Chinese spy, why wouldn't I have flown directly into Beijing?” Snowden wrote. “I could be living in a palace petting a phoenix by now.”
Guardian reporter Spencer Ackerman, who had asked the first question about China, followed up and asked him to give a direct answer.
“No. I have had no contact with the Chinese government,” he responded. “Just like with the Guardian and the Washington Post, I only work with journalists.”
Snowden’s whereabouts have been a question mark since the 29-year-old former CIA employee and NSA contractor turned up in Hong Kong and said he was the source of the Guardian and Washington Post’s NSA stories.
Hong Kong is a “special administrative region” that’s controlled by China, which led to speculation that he may have handed over classified information to the Chinese government in exchange for asylum.