Latest: Snowden leaves Hong Kong: gov't
BEIJING, June 23 (Xinhuanet) -- An Icelandic businessman linked to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks says he has prepared a private plane to take Edward Snowden to Iceland.
The businessman is head of the company DataCell, which processed payments for WikiLeaks. Earlier this week, a WikiLeaks spokesman said a middleman had approached the organization on behalf of Snowden to seek asylum in Iceland.
The Icelandic government confirmed it had received the message from WikiLeaks, but it refused to say whether it would grant asylum to Snowden.
Iceland has a reputation for promoting Internet freedoms, but Snowden has said he didn’t travel there immediately from the US because he feared the country could be pressured by Washington.
Snowden leaves Hong Kong: gov't
HONG KONG, June 23 (Xinhua) -- The Hong Kong government confirmed Sunday afternoon that U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden had left Hong Kong for a third country. Full story
Commentary: Washington owes world explanations over troubling spying accusations
BEIJING, June 23 (Xinhua) -- Edward Snowden, a U.S. intelligence contractor who divulged some of the most secretive spying activities of the U.S. government, has put Washington in a really awkward situation.
In the past few months, U.S. politicians and media outlets have thrown out Internet spying accusations one after another against China, trying to make it as one of the biggest perpetrators of Internet spying activities.Full story
Snowden charged with espionage for disclosure of secret programs: Post
WASHINGTON, June 21 (Xinhua) -- U.S. federal prosecutors have filed a sealed criminal complaint against Edward Snowden and charged him with espionage, The Washington Post reported on Friday on its website.
Snowden, a former defense contractor and leaker of classified surveillance programs of the National Security Agency (NSA), was charged with espionage, theft and conversion of government property, the newspaper quoted U.S. officials as saying.Full story
Surveillance programs reveal U.S. hypocrisy
BEIJING, June 14 (Xinhuanet) - In the past years, the U.S. Government has been blaming other countries for threatening cyber security. However, the recent leakage of the two top-secret U.S. surveillance programs of the National Security Agency (NSA) has smashed the image of the U.S. as a cyber liberty advocate and revealed its hypocrisy.
Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old defense contractor, revealed last week that the NSA is monitoring a wide swath of telephone and Internet activity as part of its counterterrorism efforts.Full story