Sunday, June 23, 2013

Edward Snowden Departs Hong Kong, Hong Kong Asks U.S. for Clarification on Spying, U.S. Worried About Hong Kong’s Commitment to the Rule of Law

lucky number seven?Edward Snowden Departs Hong Kong, Hong Kong Asks U.S. for Clarification on Spying, U.S. Worried About Hong Kong’s Commitment to the Rule of Law:
Edward Snowden, who leaked information to the
press about the NSA’s massive telephone and digital spying
operations, was
charged
by the U.S. government on Friday for spying. The U.S.
sought to extradite Snowden from Hong Kong and they wanted to do it
quickly. A
Reuters article that came out about a couple of hours ago

quotes an anonymous U.S. official saying that "[i]f Hong Kong
doesn't act soon, it will complicate our bilateral relations and
raise questions about Hong Kong's commitment to the rule of
law."
Hong Kong has now responded to the U.S request for extradition
by letting the U.S. know it did not provide sufficient information
to warrant preventing Edward Snowden from leaving the island, and
that that’s what he’s done. Additionally, the government of Hong
Kong says it has formally asked the U.S. for “clarification on
earlier reports about the hacking of computer systems in Hong Kong
by US government agencies.” You can read the Hong Kong government’s
press release
here
.
Reports indicate Snowden
is bound for Russia
, which
previously offered him asylum
, at least for now, but according to an
Agence France-Presse tweet
Russia says it has no knowledge of
his impending arrival.
More Reason on Edward Snowden here.
More on the previous six people charged by the Obama administration
for leaks
here
.
UPDATE: Wikileaks says via Twitter it's
assisted Snowden in gaining asylum to a "democratic country" and
that he's over Russian airspace with Wikileaks legal advisors on
the plane.