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Snowden feared sudden loss of freedom in HK: lawyer

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In the buildup to his 30th birthday last week, US fugitive Edward Snowden came to the sudden realisation over a dinner of pizza and Pepsi that Hong Kong may be a less welcoming refuge than he'd thought, his legal advisor said on Tuesday. 

Protesters march to the US consulate in Hong Kong during a protest in support of Edward Snowden, on June 15, 2013. Snowden's dramatic flight from Hong Kong on Sunday reportedly came about after he received assurances from the local government -- backed by Beijing -- that he would be free to go, provoking a stinging response from irate officials in Washington.

Even before the United States issued an arrest warrant on Friday -- his birthday -- the truth was dawning on the former IT technician that he risked prolonged detention in Hong Kong with no creature comforts: no computer, and no Internet access.

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