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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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Good riddance.
Simple Arrogance
I am appalled by this US official's lack of moral standard. His words, and his country's acts, do a great deal of damage to the image of the USA.
In other words: "We do what we want, so what?"
hard times !
as the arrogance of this departing Consul General reflects the harm of a sole super power is to the world-------no apology will be given for his country's nasty acts------intrusions of other countries' computers for a long time by every possible means.Even our students' computers have been hacked ! The rise of other powers such as China and Russia plus Germany and India or Brazil has become an urgent matter to counter-balance the sole super-power, Uncle Sam !
The US can say whatever they want and that is only a small perk for being the world's police and super power in terms of economic ( still ) and military power. Desperate times require desperate measures and top notch world executives should and could exercise termination with extreme prejudice if they need to . Even 3rd world countries like the Phillipines wouldn't bother to give a care about the HK tourist shooting incident what makes HK having any bargaining chips to have a voice in the world arena ? If anyone of you have real backbones why not stop sending your kids to Harvard or Yale, withdraw all your investments from the US, burn your American passport and instead of waving your petty British imperial flags in Central protesting and antagonizing your mother country burn some real American flags outside the Consulate instead of whining and ranting like little babies. Evolution taught us the theory survival of the fittest. Does it ring a bell ?
John Adams
Another "Well said, full stop"
And another good riddance.
Well said, full stop.
hard times !
this out-going US consul general, Stephen Young is really shameless and shameful to the extreme ! He dared say that his government did not owe any countries an apology related to the revelations of Snowden in Hong Kong ! How absurd and unreasonable his words were ! This old guy better leave here as soon as possible since he is not welcomed here.If our lawmakers (among them quite a lot are pro-America guys) could act more boldly and reasonably by demanding/asking this old guy Yeung to go to the Legco chamber for an explanation of his government's cyberspying of our Internet Exchange located at Chinese Univ. and intrusions of our public officials,businessmen and students' computers,he won't be so arrogant and bossy in his attitude before his disgraceful leave----unable to keep Snowden here in the territory while awaiting the extradition.Of course, this old guy's diplomatic career will not be bright due to the Snowden affairs.It can be expected.But anyway,he well deserves it !
What do you expect the thief to reply? I am rich and powerful and I want to take anything I want, what can you do about it?




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