New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has postponed a meeting with visiting Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying after NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was found to be in Hong Kong.
The 29-year-old American, a former contract employee at the National Security Agency, recently leaked sensitive documents on the US government's top secret and extensive domestic surveillance programmes.
Snowden flew to Hong Kong from Hawaii in last May and supplied confidential documents gathered from the agency to various media outlets, including Britain's Guardian newspaper.
The Leung-Bloomberg meeting was postponed because the public attention surrounding the Snowden case had put pressure on the mayor’s office, an informed source told the South China Morning Post .
“Since the Snowden case has attracted massive media attention, the mayor’s office suggested the meeting be rescheduled. The CE’s office respects the views of the mayor’s office” and agreed to postpone it, the source said.
Bloomberg and Leung were scheduled to meet on Monday at about 10pm Hong Kong time. No information was given about when the rescheduled meeting might take place.
Leung's three-day visit to New York ends Wednesday.
Apart from meeting with Bloomberg, Leung plans to attend trade promotion events organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, meet the National Committee on United States-China Relations and the Hong Kong-United States Business Council and visit the New York Stock Exchange.