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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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Remember what you said Mr. Stephen Young, it may come back to haunt you and your country.
the sun also rises
Mr.Young thinks that his government does not owe anyone an apology for the revelations of Snowden due to the latter breached the trust placed on him by his company---Booz Allen Hamilton.Yet how about a proper explanation to Hongkongers on his country's NSA's intrusions of our computers ? Does his government owe us an explanation ? We dare not ask for a proper apology from the Big Brother who used to be/ is so arrogant and bossy in world affairs as his navy rules all the oceans and his military bases are scattered in 151 countries of the world-------the World Cop indeed.And we dare not ask for a promise not to hack into our computers in the future by the NSA ! But even an explanation is said to be in-coming by this departing Consul General whose words were as arrogant as before ! This clearly demonstrates the disadvantages of a sole super power in the world-----no balance of power in military field or other fields !
Good riddance.
We don't owe anyone an apology for being incompetent, says US consul over Edward Snowden affair.
the sun also rises
intrusions of others' computers (even students !) and other places/countries' Internet Exchange on the excuses of so-called national security or anti-terrorism should not be toleated at all.A proper apology by the US government to Hong Kong and all other victims is thus a must.If the allegations of Snowden were false, why hasn't the Obama administration denied them up till now ? We Hongkongers have got the rights to demand at least an explanation of the hackings done by the NSA of America ever since 2009 !
judging by your username, I thought that you would have had a better grasp of rhetorical devices like sarcasm and irony...
FYI SCMP doesnt decide which story's going to the MOST POPULAR column. The readers do. It's determined by the number of clicks on the story.
PS. OMG you're so ignorant.
What a fool and foolish remarks.............the US owes the whole world an apology for prying into everyone else's business while claiming to be the victim of cyber attacks...........The Obama adminstration has got to be one of the worse in US history and only a country as foolish as America would have elected someone like Obama to be president............If you NSA guys can pick up this message like you're suppose to............here's the middle finger.
Goodbye and good riddance Mr Young!
hkbulib2 Jul 20th 2013
FYI SCMP doesnt decide which story's going to the MOST POPULAR column. The readers do. It's determined by the number of clicks on the story.
PS. OMG you're so ignorant.
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