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WORLD
June 23, 2013 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING -- Hong Kong authorities allowed wanted former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden to fly out of the city on Sunday after finding that documents supplied by Washington seeking his arrest did not “fully comply with the legal requirements under Hong Kong law.” Snowden was en route to a “third country,” officials in the Chinese territory said. The South China Morning Post, a Hong Kong newspaper that had repeated contact with the American during his month-long stay in the city, reported that Snowden left on a flight bound for Moscow.
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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.
WORLD
June 22, 2013 | By Julie Makinen
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 NSA leaker who has been holed up for weeks 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.” After initially spending time in a Hong Kong hotel, Snowden reportedly moved to a private residence in the territory of 10 million, which has its own legal system apart from the mainland's.
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.
WORLD
June 22, 2013 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING -- The case of Edward Snowden, who is accused of criminal theft of government property and other charges in the U.S., has galvanized civic groups in Hong Kong where the self-proclaimed leaker has been holed up for weeks. Many in Hong Kong regard the decision of whether to extradite Snowden as a test of the city's autonomy vis-à-vis Beijing. The territory of 7 million residents has its own legal system apart from the mainland's. Hong Kong Police Commissioner Andy Tsang said Saturday during a brief news conference that the matter would be handled according to law. He refused to answer a question about whether Snowden was in a police “safe house.” After initially spending time in a Hong Kong hotel, Snowden reportedly moved to a private residence.
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.
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.
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