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We don't owe anyone an apology, says US consul over Edward Snowden affair

Hong Kong still waiting for US reply on Snowden hacking allegations, says security chief

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 18 July, 2013, 5:47pm
UPDATED : Friday, 19 July, 2013, 10:35am

Outgoing US consul in Hong Kong Stephen Young said on Thursday the US did not owe any country an apology in relation to the alleged hacking activities disclosed by whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

But Young did say the United States government would address queries made by Hong Kong officials on the issue in its own time and manner.

"But I don’t think we owe an apology to anyone," he said when speaking at the Foreign Correspondents' Club in Central on Thursday afternoon.

The root of the problem here is we have somebody [Snowden] who violated his trust with the US and chose Hong Kong to demonstrate that
Stephen Young, US consul, Hong Kong

“Because I think the real root of the problem here is we have somebody [Snowden] who violated his trust with the United States and chose Hong Kong as a place to demonstrate that.”

He also said that Snowden had made a lot of allegations and many seemed to be self-serving in an attempt to garner sympathy for himself.

Young did say that the Snowden saga had damaged the trust between Hong Kong and the US but he believed it could be restored.

"I wouldn’t be leaving here with the generally optimistic view of Hong Kong if I thought that the damaged trust couldn’t be restored."

Earlier on Thursday, Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok told Hong Kong lawmakers that Hong Kong was still waiting for a reply from the United States on claims made by Snowden that US agencies had hacked into the city’s computers.

Lai was speaking at a Legislative Council meeting to discuss the revelations made last month by the American whistle-blower and ex-CIA worker.

“The Security Bureau wrote to the US on June 22 to seek an explanation. We are looking forward to a comprehensive and thorough clarification for Hongkongers as soon as possible,” Lai said in an opening speech.

We are looking forward to a comprehensive and thorough clarification for Hongkongers as soon as possible
Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok

Lai said that with regard to the Snowdon case, his allegations of US hacking into Hong Kong’s computer systems was the top concern of the city’s lawmakers and people.

He also said the city had facilities to guard against cyberattacks and had invested in the research and development of new internet security technology.

Snowden told the South China Morning Post in mid-June – soon after fleeing his home country – that Washington had been hacking into mainland China and Hong Kong computer systems for years. One target in the city, he said, was the hub for Hong Kong’s internet traffic located on the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s campus in Sha Tin.

Snowden, who is wanted by Washington for leaking details of the US intelligence surveillance programmes, is now seeking temporary asylum in Russia after spending more than three weeks in a Moscow airport transit lounge trying to find a country that would grant him asylum.

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johnyuan
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CC Wang Xiangwei Editor in-Chief SCMP xiangwei.wang@scmp.com
hkbulib2
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PS. OMG you're so ignorant.
johnyuan
This is what WE all assume that readers do by clicking on the story. But I doubt it and you should too. Even it is so, the clicks didn't come from the same person, like yourself, willfully with an agenda? It is foolish to trust machine 100%. Be more circumspective so not to be a slave to a machine. It will also improve your social manner too in this particular case.
blue
HKbulib, well said on the ignorant comment. You should have seen johnyuan at his pinnacle of ignorance when he tried to claim that the rule of law is an "outdated" concept.
johnyuan
Bring some fresh idea to your next debate. But you did inspire me to say that Hong Kong’s rule of law is based on common law which has its origin from a class society. So either you rule or be ruled and take what comes to you. I am sure you are quite familiar otherwise you will not be this belligerent. Hong Kong shouldn’t be trumpeting rule of law for a modern city when it is not.
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May you have the ability to think outside the box soon. I guess you are still very young and there is a long good years you have to live through -- even war and peace.
johnyuan
You inspired me another way to explain to you why rule of law is an outdated concept. First, as previously I explained to you, rule of law is valid but conditionally. It needs to be based on a common agreed vtalue which one use law to protect, defend and punish the offender of the agreed value. Here, what I have for you is that Hong Kong's rule of law is base on a set of colonial value that base on common law. Common law has its origin from a class system. So either you are a ruler or a subject. It is no longer a valid divide but an out dated concept. It is really not a glorious thing to constantly trumpeting Hong Kong has rule of law. The divide between the have and don't have is just too embarassing for a modern citizen and city.
Next time, bring some good points to the debate.
jam2morrow
We don't owe anyone an apology for being incompetent, says US consul over Edward Snowden affair.
Harold Cameron
This is typical of the attitude of the US, expecting everyone to grovel to them, but not accepting that their wrongdoing is anything other than O.K.
Rather like Britain who still consider that their role in world politics is as important as it was 150 years ago the Americans are running scared of China. Inevitably this will end in war within the next 100 years as both nations appear to be intransigent in their differing dogmas.
oxymoron14.
“Never apologize, mister, it’s a sign of weakness.”
― John Wayne
BTW if your prediction is true and if I get to live to 100, given I have dual citizenships aka: American and Chinese, I would choose to hide in nuclear underground bunkers of the former. I would stand a better chance of survival not from radioactive fallout, but from tainted food.
blue
Yeah never apologizing and admitting when you're caught red handed is surely a sign of strength and a way for people to respect you and not totally hate your guts when you're not around. I agree with babyhenry; people like you are truly unbearable.

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