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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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anson
Mr. Cheney,
If you do something to displease the US Government then you need to go somewhere relatively safe. We saw with the countless abductions to Guantanamo that no Western country is safe. The US simply doesn't respect the sovereignty of other nations. It fears the reaction of very few - maybe only Russia or China. It is only in those two countries that the US can not operate with impunity.
Of course to any rational human those two countries in themselves are not bastions of free speech and justice, but within China is one place where you can speak your mind without fear of persecution and enjoy a reasonable degree of freedom- Hong Kong. Really if you look at it this way 1. The need to find a country that won't bow to every request from the US and 2. A place where freedom of expression is permitted, then Hong Kong was the only real choice.
So take a hike ****. We may or may not like him being here, but there's not much you can do about it.
jayb
Darth also said Iraq has WMD. we spent $2 trillion, lost 4000 american lives, 100,000 iraqi lives to find the WMD.
kishwar.haseen
Mr Snowdon is useless and probably a racist white because he did not reveal any details of the racist and criminal operation of 9-11 falseflag. 9-11 as everyone with science background and above average IQ knows, was a FALSE FLAG operation. It was immediately followed by ANTHRAX reinforcement and ANTHRAX DNA was from the USA lab in Aimes Iowa. I have a proof video by Dr Alan Sabrosky who admits that it was not any operation by the INNOCENT and Honorable Shaikh Osama Bin Laden. Here is youtube link
****www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcPB9rpt45Q
HiggsSinglet
Why even bother addressing this war criminal!!! He will not change nor listen, just hope some day, someone or some country will send him and those in the us congress who opposes to shut down gitmo, lock them up, waterboard them (it is not torture) and then send them to the talibs as gifts!!! I am sure they will become talib's fav toys for awhile.
superdx
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clc2
If HK people want to keep Edward Snowden, then I think that they deserve to have him.
heimaogui13
WHAT? he SAY ( Cheney) ,THIS "man" without FACE...better slit your throat !畜生!
HiggsSinglet
Better yet, after gitmo, send him to the talib as a gift. i am sure he will be their fav toy. the world will rejoice!!!
HiggsSinglet
mfsob richard cheney on fox news, figures!!!

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