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China denies allegation of Edward Snowden spying for Beijing

Beijing denies role over Edward Snowden and demands Washington explain its cybersnooping

PUBLISHED : Monday, 17 June, 2013, 5:23pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 June, 2013, 10:57am

China responded for the first time yesterday to the US cybersnooping programme exposed by whistle-blower Edward Snowden, denying an allegation he was spying for Beijing and demanding that Washington explain the operation to the international community.

"It is sheer nonsense," said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying when asked to comment on the allegation put forward by former US vice-president Dick Cheney and other US politicians.

Beijing has been tight-lipped about the saga since Snowden exposed details of the US surveillance programme last week. Hua said she had no information to offer on Snowden, who told the South China Morning Post that the US had been hacking networks in Hong Kong and the mainland since 2009.

"The US should pay attention to the concerns and demands of the international community and the public over the issue, and provide a necessary explanation to the international community," Hua said.

On Fox News Sunday, Cheney said Snowden was a traitor and he was worried that Snowden had additional information not yet released. China would "probably be willing to provide immunity for him or sanctuary for him in exchange for what he presumably knows or doesn't know", Cheney said.

An editorial in the mainland's Global Times yesterday said it would be unwise for Hong Kong to extradite Snowden, should the US make such a request, because it would tarnish Hong Kong's image as a city that upheld freedom.

"The consequences of extraditing Snowden back to the US would be more troublesome than the alternative, because the local reaction would bring more trouble to Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland," it said. "On the other hand, Beijing needs to demonstrate it can't just be pushed around according to Washington's wishes."

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said the Hong Kong government would do its best to uncover the truth about reports of hacking. "We are aware that the public are very concerned about internet safety issues," he said.

Observers said Beijing had trod carefully because it did not want to be seen as meddling in Hong Kong affairs or adversely affect Sino-US ties, especially after this month's summit between President Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama. But Beijing was forced to respond because allegations had been made against China.

"Beijing is well aware that some US politicians want to divert attention at home by accusing Snowden of spying for China," said Pang Zhongying , an international relations professor at Renmin University.

 

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jay.lamb.9400
Dicky, get the basics right! There's more freedom and liberty in Hong Kong than the USA! In fact, we're proud of the fact that we can abuse our freedoms and liberties more than the USA!! We may be part of China, but we're virtually independent of China but for defence and foreign affairs! Didn't your underlings brief you in order to avoid betraying your ignorance. I'm afraid a hotline to Martin Lee doesn't help you understand Hong Kong one bit better.
Harold Cameron
This is typically American - blame everyone other than themselves. As per usual America is treating the rest of the world with utter contempt.
hard times !
an opinion poll commissioned by the SCMP found that even if the US govenment formally requests the extradiction of their so-called 'traitor' and 'Chinese spy', Mr.Edward Joseph Snowden, half of Hongkongers won't agree to hand him over.Anyway,he is now our benefactor, though only known each other for a week ! his act has made us realize that we have long been monitored and hacked by the NSA ever since 2009.
johnyung
Does Cheney have any credibility after faking WMD claims in Iraq? He would love nothing more to start another war so his company can make more money. Suddenly Syria government is using chemical weapon after already confirm by others for months. The timing is suspicious, Cheney company probably sold the chemical weapon and lots of other weapon.
hongkiejj@malaysiaboleh
this is so pathetic...what's next ? All Snowden did was to expose the truth about NSA true nature. Frankly, this is not all about Snowden 100%, its bigger than dat. Dat is what Snowden is trying to tell us.
NSA is spying...hacking everybody in the world. Not only USA but the world. That is NSA.
The argument of security has its reason but the setback is double sword. Just how do we know how 100% if or if not NSA or govt are abusing the info ? There are just too many ??? on NSA.
Calling Snowden a traitor or a mole or spy or whatsoever is not gonna work. That is ludicrous. Absolutely.
HiggsSinglet
why can't this MFSOB richard cheney just shut the fuxk up!!! he lied about wmd and destroyed a country, killed tens and thousands of innocent people including americans. he is the biggest war criminal of all time, put him in gitmo and have him enjoy waterboarding since it is not torture!!!!
babyhenry
Beijing must be pretty stupid to plant a spy there and let it go public when that spy is still in such a juior position. Wouldn't it be most benefiticial if the spies planted by Beijing climb up the ladder and and reach senior position so maybe some useful top secret info that might actually be useful to Beijing to provided to Beijing?
But then its Cheney, he and Bush only needs to entertain the 50% or more of Americans that are just out right "STUPID" to make a living. Maybe Rummy and Bushy can join in with Cheney and get their idiotic illusion run wild like fire again.
What's next Cheney you know even Bradley Manning is a Chinese spy... no?
rvto
Poor Mr Cheney, he still not understand that HK and China are one country but have different law systems.
kishwar.haseen
Many people in the USA, 1000s of professors and academics and scientist have admitted that
9-11 was an INSIDE JOB.
9-11 was an INSIDE JOB.
9-11 was an INSIDE JOB.
**** faced Cheney, probably was a mastermind of 9-11. Some like Dr Alan Sabrosky say, it was a 100% MOSSAD operation. But Mossad cannot do it without CIA collaboration and protection. Thus, FBI itself was part of the operation and so was the NSA a part of the crime of 9-11.
All this must be analyzed very logically and carefully.
This means that USA ruling elite is composed of HARDENED and CALLOUS CRIMINALS.
Stephan
If this is true or not, I do not really care. But a question remains: Has China ever told the whole truth? They are very good in denying.....
Future will tell!

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