Measured tones mask Washington's fury with Hong Kong over Snowden
June 24th, 2013
12:45 PM ET

Measured tones mask Washington's fury with Hong Kong over Snowden

By Peter Shadbolt

It was clear from the statement from the National Security Council (NSC) on Monday that the United States is deeply annoyed with Hong Kong.

Couched in diplomatic language, the statement spelled out Washington's position: Hong Kong dropped the ball on Edward Snowden and the U.S. wants Russia to pick it up.

"We are disappointed by the decision of the authorities in Hong Kong to permit Mr. Snowden to flee despite the legally valid U.S. request to arrest him for purposes of his extradition under the U.S.-Hong Kong Surrender Agreement," said NSC spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden in a statement.

"We have registered our strong objections to the authorities in Hong Kong as well as to the Chinese government through diplomatic channels and noted that such behavior is detrimental to U.S.-Hong Kong and U.S.-China bilateral relations."

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  1. Joe

    Not much to add except that the NAZI state of America is crumbling.

    June 26, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Reply
  2. John Smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    June 26, 2013 at 12:24 am | Reply
  3. Navyvet8192

    It's no different than a corporate whistle blower violating their non disclosure agreement with the company when something the company is doing violates law and/or could do harm to the public. Same principal, but since it's a government agency conducting illegal operations against US citizens under the guise of "Patriot Act". They broke the law, and he blew the whistle pure and simple.

    June 24, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Reply
  4. George Patton-2

    why was Snowden not droned in HK?

    June 24, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Reply
  5. Killer O'Bama

    Gee whiz, I as am mad as a bull with ten red flags being waved in front of me when I can't get my way! Don't they know that I'm the Pres. of the whole U.S. of A. who gives orders all the way around the whole wide world? Why doesn't Hong Kong obey this one? This makes me mad to no end, it does, it does!

    June 24, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Reply

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