The Prism programme came to light when former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed details of the NSA’s collection of telephone and Internet data to The Guardian and The Washington Post newspapers in June 2013. Snowden, who fled his job in Hawaii, went into hiding in Hong Kong.


The dispute between Facebook and Australia has laid bare the risks of letting foreign internet giants dominate the flow of information in a country, according to Chinese online analysts.

This week’s round up of our leading stories: China calls the US an “empire of hacking”, legendary Apple guru Kuo Ming-chi’s assesses the iPhone 12’s prospects, and Huawei’s woes put a dent in its founder’s personal wealth.


The NSA penetrated Huawei’s HQ to monitor communications on Huawei’s networking equipment globally, according to a New York Times report in 2014.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying on Thursday rejected the US government accusation that the city's officials had feigned confusion over Edward Snowden’s name as a pretext for not detaining the intelligence leaker before he departed to Russia.

Hong Kong’s justice secretary said on Tuesday the United States had failed to provide crucial information necessary to support its request for the arrest of whistle-blower Edward Snowden before he had left the city.

The US government is hacking Chinese mobile phone companies to steal millions of text messages, Edward Snowden has told the South China Morning Post. And the former National Security Agency contractor claims he has the evidence to prove it.