Snowden runs before HK hands him over

Things were obviously getting a little bad for business so the HK government must have paid Edward Snowden a visit at his “safe house” that he thought they didn’t know about and had a chat about some discrepancy with the documentation, but that it was only a matter of time before the US provided “clarity” with that documentation.

They probably told him that there happened to be a spare seat on an Aeroflot flight to Russia that afternoon and they could perhaps arrange for a police escort to the airport to assist him with the annoyance that is transit, customs and immigration. It wouldn’t do for him to be spotted by some angry Americans, best they escort him nicely to the gate.

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has flown out of Hong Kong, where he had been in hiding since identifying himself as the source of revelations on US surveillance programmes – despite a US request for his arrest.

The 30-year-old had previously said he would stay in the city and fight for his freedom in the courts. But the Hong Kong government confirmed that he left on Sunday, two days after the US announced it had charged him with espionage, saying documents filed by the US did not fully comply with legal requirements. It also said it was requesting clarification from Washington on Snowden’s claims that the US had hacked targets in the territory.

Snowden had been at a safe house since 10 June, when he checked out of his hotel after giving an interview to the Guardian outing himself as the source who leaked top secret documents.  

The irony is that Snowden thought mistakenly that Hong Kong was a safe haven…and bizarrely is running to Russia…where Putin, correct me if I’m wrong, used to be the head of the KGB.

Any fool who thinks that Mainland China doesn’t spy on everyone else in the world including their own citizens and foreign nationals everywhere is dreaming.

The press release issued by HKSAR was a real piece of work in what was not said rather than what was said.

Bottom line…Snowden was affecting business and had to go, I wonder what they would have done with a fat german who was stinking up the joint?

Our Kim Dotcom compliant media will no doubt spin this as Hon Kong flipping the bird at the US, when nothing could further from the truth. Hong Kong certainly wouldn’t be putting up with the same nonsense that we are putting up with.

This muppet didn’t make a fortune stealing movies and distributing with 7% of the world’s internet traffic…he stole secrets…government secrets. In China he’d be donating his corneas and his parents would have an invoice for the bullet.

At the end of this coming week is HKSAR Establishment Day of 1st July.  Nothing was going to overshadow that.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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