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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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babyhenry
@SpeakFreedly.
When are Americans/British or apologist like yoself ever going to understand its the Hyprocripsy and Arrogance that people can't take from your kind? Always acting as if you are a Justice, a protector, when in reality USA and Britian are war mongering countries fabricating evidence to start a war and murdering tens of thousands in the phony name of Freedom, yet the people responsible for such war crimes are left untouched & unpunished. Then the Obama administration pretends that they are victims of Chinese hacking, but in reality they are master hacker of the world.... They complain that China is backing all those bad bad people in Africa yet they have backed and continue to back numerous of mass murdering, human rights violating dictators whenever they see fit and do please advicse whatever reason Obama can play GOd and deem who is guilty and not guilty and have them murder with their drones without trial and in some cases without the consent of the country they are bombing.
BTW the only poeple who truly belives that their country doesn't spy on others is well hmmmm AMERICANS, who ignorantly truly belives that their country can do no wrong and all those killed by them are evil and the world owe them once again.
oxymoron14.
Quit bickering and be thankful that you are able to type English but not Japanese. Don't tell me you have no skeletons in the closet. Necessary evil is required to accomplish greater things and that is why they are not obligated to owe us ( HK being just a blip on the map ) any explanation. Your thesis on anti american sentiment is weak. Tell us something we don't know.
bolshoi
@oxymoron7:
I wonder what 'greater things' are still left these days... sigh
tonyshuaige@gmail.com
It should be a common sense that espionage is actually happening everywhere, among individuals, companies and nations. And an apology from the US consul surely cannot not stop such things, people could only just find an acceptable reason to let such "evil" things go, at least emotionally. Because we know that we do not have the ability to stop espionage, just like we sometimes cannot even control our own curiosity of discovering other people's secrets. We know that nations spy on each other all the time, we just hope they could do it in a more smart and secret way in case of hurting people's emotional feelings.
oxymoron14.
Let me summarize your point. "If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen
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 !
SpeakFreely
Sounds like many of you not even suspect or believe Chinese government Is hacking Hk government. Are u a little bit too naive.
bentontwchung
Don't go away before you reply our Security Chief's questions, Mr. Young.
KwunTongBypass
We are all looking forward for China to replace the USA as the world's Leading Superpower! About time that this beacon of freedom, tolerance, respect, and good manners takes over.
oxymoron14.
A real dense remark out of desperation indeed. Would indiscriminate defecation be a strong character trait in people of leaders in the world stage ? Surely you must be jesting.

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