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Post time 2013-6-18 13:45:38 |Display all floors
By Yang Jingjie

source:Global Times



China's foreign ministry Monday slammed claims by US politicians that controversial whistle-blower Edward Snowden was a spy for China.



At a regular press briefing on Monday, ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said it was "sheer nonsense," while commenting on the allegation that Snowden may have been cooperating with China.



Snowden himself has made comments in line with this stance. In a live blog with the UK-based Guardian newspaper, Snowden responded to these kinds of claims himself by saying that he had not had any contact with the Chinese government, and had only spoken with journalists. He also asked "if I were a Chinese spy, why wouldn't I have flown directly into Beijing? I could be living in a palace."



He  pointed out that he had considered Iceland as an alternative haven, but was worried about being "interdicted en route" and that Hong Kong was an easier location to choose without advance booking.



Snowden is now hiding in Hong Kong after exposing the US National Security Agency (NSA)'s controversial PRISM program.



In an interview with Fox News Sunday, former US vice president Dick Cheney called the 29-year-old former NSA contractor "a traitor" and said that he is "deeply suspicious," when asked whether he thinks Snowden is a spy for the Chinese. China may be willing to provide protection for Snowden in exchange for more secrets, he said on the show.



US congressman Peter King Friday also told MSNBC that Snowden may have been working with China, citing the fact that Snowden studied Chinese and the timing of the revelations, which happened on the same weekend when Chinese President Xi Jinping met US President Barack Obama.



Yuan Zheng, a research fellow with the Institute of American Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times on Monday that there is very little chance that Snowden cooperated with China.



"The Americans were anxious about the embarrassing exposure, and desperately pointed fingers [at China]," Yuan said.



In an interview with the South China Morning Post last week, Snowden said the US has been hacking into computers in Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland since 2009.



The PRISM program also caused a backlash among Washington's allies, including the EU and Japan. Obama is expected to be confronted over the issue at the ongoing G8 summit in Northern Ireland.



"The US should pay attention to the concerns and demands raised by the international community and deliver a necessary explanation to the global community," Hua demanded on Monday.



The PLA Daily, a flagship paper of the Chinese military, Sunday carried an opinion piece accusing US intelligence departments of "willfully collecting intelligence under the banner of anti-terrorism."



Shen Dingli, an associate dean of the Institute of International Studies at Fudan University, said Monday that Snowden's taking refuge in Hong Kong will help China fend off US cyber attacks.



The incident is expected to shape the atmosphere of next month's working group meeting on cyber security under a bilateral strategic security dialogue.



"Although China wouldn't make full use of the issue, it is expected to demand an explanation. The US is expected to restrain its aggressive manner during the talk. Therefore, it will create a friendly atmosphere for the dialogue," Yuan said.



Separately, a Guardian report revealed that foreign politicians who took part in two G20 summit meetings in London in 2009 had their computers monitored and their phone calls intercepted on the instructions of their British government hosts.



The Guardian named the Turkish finance minister as one of Britain's targets and revealed an attempt by the NSA to eavesdrop on former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev at the summit, noting evidence contained in documents uncovered by Snowden.



In comments reported Monday in Chinese state media, Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying reiterated that Hong Kong authorities would only comment on the matter when the case was at the appropriate stage.



In the Guardian live blog, Snowden also singled out the US government for mistreating previous whistle-blowers, including Bradley Manning, who was charged for revealing military secrets to whistle-blowing website Wikileaks. In regard to the claims he is working with Beijing, he said that US media often has a knee-jerk reaction to China.


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Post time 2013-6-18 16:16:33 |Display all floors
China's foreign ministry Monday slammed claims by US politicians that controversial whistle-blower Edward Snowden was a spy for China.


We will never know for sure...

But if he was a Chinese spy, I'd say: well done China.
As long as the governmental intelligence agencies fight each other in a way that leads to better privacy and more rights for ordinary people, I am quite happy.

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Post time 2013-6-18 22:11:49 |Display all floors
Who knows if not the US has planted Snowden as a spy for the NSA to spy on China? Anyway it would be easy for china to simply grant Snowden asylum if he asks for it, then it wont be necessary with a trial for extradition and if he has committed any crimes in HK he should be tried there. The Chinese companies and schools that has been hacked by the NSA ought to file charges in court against the US government though. They might have lost a lot of money if valuable knowledge and information has been stolen and it can cost even more to increase security systems for avoiding any further attacks from US authorities.

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Post time 2013-6-19 12:01:46 |Display all floors
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Post time 2013-6-19 15:49:38 |Display all floors
mikaelforsberg Post time: 2013-6-18 22:11
Who knows if not the US has planted Snowden as a spy for the NSA to spy on China? Anyway it would be ...

China could grant Snowden asylum then put him into an asylum. With very picturesque high walls and eminently charming and courteous security guards. If the straightjacket fits ...?

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Post time 2013-6-19 16:26:28 |Display all floors
Newtown Post time: 2013-6-19 15:49
China could grant Snowden asylum then put him into an asylum. With very picturesque high walls and ...

I wouldn't recommend such a treatment. China has all possibilities in gaining from this since a large part of the internet community supports Snowden and if he can live a normal life in Hong Kong instead of in the very repressive USA it is good publicity for China as a free country compared to the police state of USA.

Snowden has helped China a lot already since all the complaining from the USA on Chinese hacking US servers has to stop because now the US is defending hacking attacks and has lost all its credibility in telling other countries to stop hacking into their computers.

The US also claim that people are stealing when they download copyrighted material from different sites on the internet, and at the same time it shows up that the biggest thieves on the internet is the US authorities.

The US must apologize for their crimes against what seems to be all countries in the world, and also pay for possible damage they might have caused.

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Post time 2013-6-19 16:36:51 |Display all floors
Snowden is not going to China.  He says he will probably go to Iceland.

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