Tuesday, June 11, 2013

US intelligence seriously looking on Snowden's case as Chinese covert action - former CIA officer


US intelligence seriously looking on Snowden's case as Chinese covert action

- former CIA officer



11 June 2013


According to former CIA officer, Snowden may be a Chinese spy. US intelligence officials "are seriously looking at this as a potential Chinese covert action", Bob Baer told, referring to the recent Snowden's leaks.

Meanwhile, Snowden's application for asylum in Hong Kong may be a witty step, experts say, since the system of asylum screening process has not been implemented there yet.


"Hong Kong is controlled by Chinese intelligence," Baer told CNN Sunday evening. "It's not an independent part of China at all. I've talked to a bunch of people in Washington today, in official positions, and they are looking at this as a potential Chinese espionage case."


Some have pointed that Snowden's disclosures coincided with the visit to the US of Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, who was chided by Obama for China's cyber-attacks in the US.


It also turned out that Snowden attempted to publish his documents in The Washington Post, but after the media outlet had refused to rush the publication, they lost contact with Snowden.


Speaking about any chances of China to extradite Snowden, Baer claimed, that the USA "will never get him in China".


The United States are now trying to find an espionage law in Hong Kong similar to the one in the US to extradite Edward Snowden.


Meanwhile Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old intelligence contractor from Booz Allen, is seeking asylum after apparently leaving a hotel in Hong Kong, where he leaked top secret documents on the National Security Agency (NSA) to the media.


Experts say the process could last very long because of a March 2013 ruling by Hong Kong's court of final appeal which says that Hong Kong, which previously depended on rulings by the United Nations refugee authorities, must establish its own asylum screening process.


Since no system has yet been implemented, an application from Snowden would face lengthy delays, buying him time to consider his next move while probably blocking any attempt to deport him.



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