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Edward Snowden

30-year-old American Edward Snowden, a contract employee at the National Security Agency, is the whistleblower behind significant revelations that surfaced in June 2013 about the US government's top secret, extensive domestic surveillance programmes. Snowden flew to Hong Kong from Hawaii in May 2013, and supplied confidential US government documents to media outlets including the Guardian

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Washington is bullying Hong Kong to extradite me, says Edward Snowden

America is desperate to prevent me leaking further information, whistle-blower says

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 13 June, 2013, 12:01am
UPDATED : Saturday, 15 June, 2013, 8:24pm

The US has been “trying to bully” Hong Kong’s government into extraditing surveillance whistle-blower Edward Snowden, he told the Post in an exclusive interview.

Hong Kong justice officials have so far declined to comment on any official or unofficial approaches they may have from their US counterparts, but the former CIA contractor warned that America was desperate to prevent him leaking further sensitive information.

He said: “I heard today from a reliable source that the United States government is trying to bully the Hong Kong government into extraditing me before the local government can learn of this [the US National Security Agency hacking people in Hong Kong]. The US government will do anything to prevent me from getting this into the public eye, which is why they are pushing so hard for extradition.”

So far, Hong Kong’s government has failed to make any statement regarding Snowden’s presence in the city since May 20 or where it stands on the issues of asylum and extradition.

The US government will do anything to prevent me from getting this into the public eye, which is why they are pushing so hard for extradition

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has remained tight-lipped on the matter in what has turned out to be an awkward trip to the United States to promote trade relations. He refused to respond to media questions about the case when he attended a plenary meeting hosted by the Hong Kong-US Business Council in New York yesterday.

Earlier in the week he met New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to talk about the challenges facing both their cities, but again, no mention of the Snowden affair was made. The meeting had been rescheduled in the immediate aftermath of Snowden revealing himself as the source of the leaks.

Before a dinner in his honour hosted by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council on Tuesday, Leung, who flies home today, was asked six questions by reporters about Snowden. “I have no comment on individual cases,” he said.

Asked whether he had discussed the issue with US officials and whether US officials had sought assistance from the Hong Kong government, Leung again said he could not comment.

Asked about how extraditions to friendly countries were handled, he said: “In general, we follow the laws and our policies.”

The leaks have set off a furore in the US with President Barack Obama defending the programme as vital to keeping Americans safe. The director of National Intelligence James Clapper said it gathers data trails left by targeted foreign citizens using the internet outside the US.

The chief of the NSA, General Keith Alexander, was yesterday set to testify on the issue before a US Senate committee.

Additional reporting by Gary Cheung in New York

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the sun also rises
C.Y.said that he would not comment on Edward Snowden's case but his administration would tackle it according to law and policies--------he probably is awaiting the instructions from Beijing:whether to comply to the request of Obama's government to have this whistle-blower extradicted back to the US.for trial on charges of treason and leaks of top national secrets which might cause the death penalty of this 29-year-old young man with conscience who would rather abandon his U$200,000 yearly salary and a comfortable life in Hawaii working on cyber episonage tasks for his mother country to disclose the dirty acts of the No.1 power in the world--Big Brother is watching:not just Mainland China but the U.S.A. as well.We Hongkongers have moral obligations to help him stay here safely before he is accepted by another nation which would accept him. See you all this coming Saturday at 3 p.m. in the march for supporting this whistle-blower ! Okay ?
markcra56
WHISTLE BLOWER EDWARD SNOWDEN is a GREAT AMERICA HERO!
FACT: EDWARD SNOWDEN's only GUILT is being a WHISTLE BLOWER against TYRANNY within the UNITED STATES of AMERICA.
FACT: EDWARD SNOWDEN dared to expose TYRANNY against an "OUT OF CONTROL" OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S new form of WORLD ORDER!
FACT: EDWARD SNOWDEN is to be REVERED and not FORSAKEN!
****www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1258032/man-moment-edward-snowden-keeps-media-
fatuous1
MARK TRAINA
WHITE HOUSE TEA PARTY
FOUNDER and PRESIDENT
FatuousCra@aol.com
"The TRUTH can be a REAL BYTCH, but that doesn't make it any less REAL or any less TRUE!" (TRAINAISM, 2013)
Many more OBAMA ADMINISTRATION "WHISTLE BLOWERS" will be CREEPIN out from under OBAMA'S BUST, and they too should REVERED and "NEVER EVER" FORSAKEN by U.S. in 2013!
(TRAINAISM, 2013)
THANK YOU Mr. EDWARD SNOWDEN for "STANDING UP AGAINST TYRANNY and DECEIT!
captam
Lets pool together and buy Mr. Snowden an ill-fitting black suit , a dark tie and a pair of very dark wrap-around designer sunglasses. We next request the Chinese Government to invite him to Beijing's prestigious Tsinghua University to study Chinese law, even though he probably doesn't read a word of Chinese. That doesn't seem to stop non-Anglophile Chinese dissidents from studying U.S law at New York U.
Isn't it titillating when the Yank's spy agencies trip over themselves and score a home goal?
Those blaming Obama for this are off the mark. He inherited this gigantic out-of-control security monster from the G.W. Bush men in black. Welcome back to McCarthyism. ........ Joe, all is forgiven!
KwunTongBypass
Watch out Hong Kong! Bankrupt and declining USA will follow the historic Anglo Saxon ‘tradition’ of justifying any means to have it their way, if they think it is in their ‘national interest’, and continue to show no respect for the national sovereignty, laws, and democratic processes of other countries. They will roll out ANY method to get their hands on Snowden – probably by telling all other countries to respect THEIR national sovereignty, laws, and processes! What a sorry state of a most hypocritical society and nation!
the sun also rises
the march to support this hero,Mr.Edward Snowden will be held at 3 p.m. And the meeting place:starting point is Chater Garden,Central and the participants will have to march to the U.S.Consulate at Garden Road and the SAR government headquarters at Admiralty,Central as well. See you all this coming Saturaday for our staunch support of this cyber episonage hero who scarificed himself to tell the top secrets to the world which includes Hong Kong people ! Bravo,Mr.Snowden,we Hong Kong people (most of us) stand behind you and your righteous act ! Big Brother is watching us.They are the US government besides the Beijing authorities.
the sun also rises
Hawkish U.S.Senator, John McCain claimed that Snowden is a tratior and so-called extradition or rendition is just nonsense.And he sugggested America had better just invade Hong Kong to get this leaker---Edward Snowden who is hiding now in Hongkong---a place with a great port and a bustling and huge stock market plus excellent dim-sums and easy access to major cities in Mainland where U.S. missiles can easily hit from Hong Kong and the people generally speak English.Besides, it can be served as a venue for jailing so-called terrorists of the U.S.by moving them from Cuba.Yet McCain forgot that Hong Kong is protected by the PLAs stationed here and nearby.Once Hong Kongi is invaded or the CIA comes to arrest/kidnap Snowden,it will provoke China to take tough actions or even a war ! Right ?
mildred.fox.3
I do believe that the US is trying to get this guy and I think that is why Obama went to China. Obama acts like he is for women's rights but he goes to a country where a woman can have only one baby. Obama is like their dictator both support the killing of babies so I don't believe he went to China just to make friends he certainly did not go to help the women of China. Mr Snowden please becareful. Trust God not people.
fdawei
Mildred.fox.3 What are you talking about?

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