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Legco chief insists on answers to Snowden spy claims

Legco chief Tsang Yok-sing says city's residents are 'appalled' at possible privacy violations and demand details of surveillance

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 20 July, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 20 July, 2013, 5:45am

Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing didn't hold back yesterday in telling the US how angry many Hongkongers are about alleged American spying on institutional and personal communications in the city.

In a strongly worded letter to President Barack Obama, Tsang said: "People in Hong Kong are appalled by the alleged surveillance of and intrusion into Hong Kong's communications networks by the US administration.

We denounce any such acts by the US administration, which would undermine the security of the communications networks in Hong Kong and violate the privacy of Hong Kong people
Legislative Council president Tsang Yok-sing

"We denounce any such acts by the US administration, which would undermine the security of the communications networks in Hong Kong and violate the privacy of Hong Kong people."

Tsang was writing on behalf of all lawmakers in his letter to the White House, sent via the local US Consulate General.

He said the allegations by whistleblower Edward Snowden had upset citizens and demanded an immediate explanation.

Tsang has also written to the US Senate and the House of Representatives, urging the US to give a full account of its surveillance activities on people here "without further delay".

Separately, Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok said the government was still awaiting the US's reply to claims made by Snowden that its agencies had hacked into local computer systems. "Not only the SAR government, all Hong Kong people and the Legislative Council are very concerned with this," Lai said. "We are very disappointed the US government still hasn't replied." Lai said the government would continue to urge the US to give a "complete and thorough reply".

His comments followed remarks by departing US consul general Stephen Young on Thursday that the US did not owe any country an apology regarding the alleged hacking, and that many of Snowden's allegations seemed to be self-serving and sympathy-seeking.

Lai said he believed Snowden's revelations had brought more attention to cyberattacks, citing the University of Hong Kong, the latest victim, as an example.

He said there had been an increasing number of internet crimes with the widespread use of smartphones and tablets, and that the police had set up a special office to tackle such cases.

"Internet users should raise their awareness of these crimes," he said, advising users to change passwords regularly.

A total of 3,676 HKU e-mail accounts were compromised, according to an e-mail alert sent to the victims on Wednesday, and some 259 administrative accounts were also hacked.

Lai said it would not be easy to track the hackers and such investigations needed time and sometimes foreign co-operation.



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hard times !
Our Legco chief,Jasper Tsang insists on demanding an explanation of Snowden's spy claim from the US government is praiseworthy indeed.His act reflects the fury of most Hongkongers (except those anti-communists who believe a powerful and ever-present America is the best obstacle to the rise of Chinese communists) and most lawmakers in town.Ever since 1989 during the June 4th Incident, the pro-establishment camp and pan-democratic camp have never been so united on a certain issue.Now this cyberspying act committed by the now-notorious NSA( no longer No Such Agency as it is now well-known all over the world including its locations in Maryland and Utah and a basic understanding of its measures in tracing the person it wants) has aroused our awareness of the risks of being hacked /bugged while using our computers and smart phones.
hard times !
we Hongkongers have to be civilized in this matter----asking the American government to offer a proper explanation of their intrusions of our Internet Exchange at Chinese Univ.in Shatin and the NSA of America's hackings into the computers of our public officials,businessmen and students (who might be potential or suspected terrorists ) ever since 2009.The allegations of the whistle-blower,Mr.Snowden has never be denied openly by the Obama administration yet ! Our Security Bureau has the duty to press on the explanation from the US government since we Hongkongers are the victims of this cybersurveillance/cyberspying activity.
Show Obama not just the letter.............give him the middle finger too...........


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