NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden is far from the first exile under a cloud to seek sanctuary in Hong Kong. The territory has a long legacy of harboring the oppressed and disaffected — from beleaguered emperors to left-wing dissidents and deposed heads of state. And while the fate of the 29-year-old former CIA employee currently hangs in the balance, history shows us that similar outcasts have both suffered and thrived while hiding in the territory. Here are nine prominent examples.
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