SCMP EXCLUSIVE: Snowden safe in Hong Kong, more US cyberspying details revealed

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June 22, 2013 by Water Wisdom

A banner supporting Edward Snowden is displayed at Central, Hong Kong’s business district on June 19, 2013. Photo: AP

As the legal noose around whistleblower Edward Snowden tightens with the filing espionage charges by the United States government, the South China Morning Post can reveal that contrary to some reports, the former CIA analyst has not been detained, is not under police protection but is in a “safe place’’ in Hong Kong.

Snowden, who celebrated his 30th birthday on Friday as the US government made public their plan to indict him under the Espionage Act of – has divulged information to the Post which showed how computers in the SAR and on the mainland had been targeted by the NSA over a four-year period.

Now, after further scrutiny and clarification of that information, we can reveal more explosive details of the US cyber-spying operation against in Hong Kong, the mainland and the region.

Documents seen by the Post and statements by Snowden show that Washington’s cyber-spying programme carried out:

  • Extensive hacking of major telecommunication companies in China to access text messages
  • Sustained attacks on network backbones at Tsinghua University, China’s premier seat of learning.
  • Hacking of computers at the Hong Kong headquarters of Pacnet, which owns one of the most extensive fibre optic submarine cable networks in the region

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