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Chief executive denies US accusation of feigning confusion over Snowden's name

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 June, 2013, 5:44pm
UPDATED : Friday, 28 June, 2013, 8:40am

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying on Thursday rejected the US government accusation that the city's officials had feigned confusion over Edward Snowden’s name as a pretext for not detaining the intelligence leaker before he departed to Russia.

A US Justice Department spokeswoman earlier on Thursday said Hong Kong was simply trying to create a pretext when it asked the US for a clarification of Snowden’s middle name.

The spokeswoman said that because Snowden’s image was widely available through news outlets, Hong Kong’s request for information was not genuine.

It was not a pretext at all. We were just following the laws of Hong Kong
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying

Leung said the US accusation was not true.

“It was not a pretext at all. We were just following the laws of Hong Kong,” he said during a media session on Thursday afternoon.

The chief executive said there was a real need to determine certain facts about Snowden with the US authorities when its request for his arrest was being processed.

Hong Kong Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung on Tuesday said the US had failed to give Snowden’s passport number and confirm his full name, making it impossible for the city to issue an arrest warrant.

“There were some important facts that we needed to determine from the United States authorities,” Leung said. “We were just abiding by a very fundamental principle of procedural justice and fairness.”

Snowden, a former contract employee for the National Security Agency in Hawaii, left Hong Kong on Sunday and is now in the transit area of a Moscow airport.

He is facing espionage and theft charges in the United States after leaking details about secret US surveillance programmes to the news media.

Ecuador is considering granting Snowden political asylum, a process that could take up to two months.



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America is trying to distract Hong Kong from its spying. They are only too happy to keep talking about this, but ZERO REPLY on Hong Kong's questions over their spying. Let's see if the Hong Kong government and people are intelligent enough to see past America's smoke and mirrors.
hard times !
By abiding to a fundamental principle of procedural fairness and justice is nothing wrong. So I think the accusations of the US government (which is now in fury and hysterical mentality) can be ignored. If there are any sanctions to come, just let them be ! Who cares ? Just wait and see either America or Hong Kong will be hurt more deeply !
Rumour has it, that snowden is leaving Russia for Cuba on Monday, but if plane goes near us airspace it could be forced to land


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