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WORLD
June 22, 2013 | By Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING - With U.S. prosecutors having filed criminal charges against Edward Snowden, attention turned Saturday to Hong Kong, whose authorities now must decide how to proceed with the case of the self-proclaimed National Security Agency leaker believed to be holed up in the Chinese territory. At a brief news conference Saturday, Hong Kong Police Commissioner Andy Tsang said only that the matter would be handled according to law, and refused to answer a question about whether Snowden was in a police "safe house.
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NATIONAL
June 22, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- The United States has contacted authorities in Hong Kong to seek extradition of spy program leaker Edward Snowden, formally initiating a process that may be long and contentious. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said Saturday that the request to officials in Hong Kong was made based on the criminal complaint against the former contractor, who handed over a trove of documents detailing secret surveillance programs to the media.  The complaint was filed June 14 in the Eastern District of Virginia and unsealed Friday.
NEWS
June 21, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - Federal prosecutors have filed a criminal complaint charging self-proclaimed NSA leaker Edward Snowden with two violations of the Espionage Act and the theft of government property, the first step in a process they hope will bring him back to this country to face trial. The charges filed under the Espionage Act were unauthorized communication of national defense information and providing U.S. classified intelligence to an unauthorized person. The complaint was filed under seal June 14 in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., and made public Friday evening by government officials.
WORLD
June 17, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
WASHINGTON -- Edward Snowden, the former U.S. government contractor who leaked secret details of official surveillance programs, pledged Monday to release more information about U.S. intelligence-gathering methods that he described as “nakedly, aggressively criminal.” “All I can say right now is the U.S. government is not going to be able to cover this up by jailing or murdering me,” Snowden wrote in an online chat hosted by Britain's Guardian...
WORLD
June 15, 2013 | By Julie Makinen
HONG KONG -- Chanting “No extradition” and “Shame on the U.S. government,” hundreds of people took to the rainy streets of Hong Kong on Saturday to voice solidarity with Edward Snowden and denounce the United States as a hypocritical “big brother” whose cyber-surveillance activities rival those of the Chinese government. The protesters -- including several lawmakers as well as housewives, students and foreigners -- rallied in a park in the Central District, blowing whistles and carrying posters with slogans such as “Obama is checking your email” before marching uphill to the U.S.  Consulate.
WORLD
June 15, 2013 | By Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times
HONG KONG - It's probably for the best that Edward Snowden didn't turn up at a weekend rally in support of him here in this former British colony. Having declared that he has faith in Hong Kong's rule of law, and that he believes the courts and people of the semiautonomous Chinese territory will decide his fate, he might have been distressed by legislator Claudia Mo's downbeat remarks. "It's quite ironic," Mo told the crowd of several hundred in a rainy plaza Saturday, "that Mr. Snowden thought Hong Kong is truly free and we have impeccable rule of law in this city.
NEWS
June 13, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
WASHINGTON - Experts said the Justice Department faces challenges in bringing criminal charges against self-proclaimed leaker Edward Snowden but probably was moving as quickly as possible to take the 29-year-old former National Security Agency contractor into custody before he spills additional intelligence secrets. “He's a walking treasure trove, potentially, of additional leaks of classified information,” said David Laufman, a Washington lawyer who has previously prosecuted national security cases.
WORLD
June 13, 2013 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING - Officially, the Chinese government has nothing to say about Edward Snowden. But unofficially, its representatives are only too happy to dump on the United States. Chinese state media have let loose with a barrage of criticism of the country's rival world power, especially after former U.S. government contractor Snowden said widespread American Internet surveillance includes spying on people in China. The English-language China Daily on Thursday ran a large cartoon of a shadowed Statue of Liberty holding a tape recorder and microphone instead of a tablet and torch.
WORLD
June 13, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING -- Officially, the Chinese government has nothing at all to say about Edward Snowden. But unofficially, it is only too happy to dump on the United States. After days of silence, state media have let loose with a barrage of criticism concerning Snowden's allegations of a massive electronic surveillance program by the United States. The English-language China Daily ran a large cartoon of a shadowed Statue of Liberty, holding a tape recorder and microphone instead of a tablet and torch.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Music streaming service Rdio, which competes with Spotify and Pandora, is launching in seven new territories, including Hong Kong and Malaysia.  This marks the first time Rdio (pronounced are-dee-oh) will be available to listeners in Asia, the company said in a blog post Thursday .  San Francisco-based Rdio, which charges $4.99 a month for unlimited Web streaming and $9.99 for use on mobile devices, is now available in 31 countries, the company said. Other new markets include  Colombia, Chile, the Czech Republic, Switzerland and Poland, widening its reach in Europe and South America.  PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 London-based Spotify, which offers a similar streaming service, is available in 28 markets and has 24 million active users, according to its website.  Spotify launched in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore in April, along with Mexico, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Iceland.
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