Edward Snowden leaves Hong Kong, arrives in Moscow
American whistleblower Edward Snowden who disclosed spying programmes of the US National Security Agency left Hong Kong where he had taken shelter to avoid arrest from the US and arrived in Moscow.
He was helped by the whistleblowing organization WikiLeaks even as Washington is try hard to extradite him. Hong Kong didn’t extradite him as it cited some deficiencies in the document submitted by Washington for extradition which didn’t fully comply with the legal requirements under Hong Kong law.
Snowden further humiliated Washington by disclosing that the US had hacked into Chinese mobile phone companies to access millions of private text messages. Beijing jumped on the disclosure, calling U.S the world’s ”biggest villain” for IT espionage, pushing back at Washington’s charges about China’s ”cybertheft.”
Meanwhile, the US has warned of serious consequences to the countries that have or plan to host him.
Month: Current Affairs - June, 2013