Thursday, June 23, 2016

June 23rd, never forget

The greatest use of the word "meanwhile" in recent memory was in a brief statement issued by the Hong Kong Government on Edward Snowden. In this simple word is a direct challenge to US power, a way for the Chinese government, by way of Hong Kong officials, to say "up yours" to the US, and one can (especially in hindsight) see that it was warranted. In this brief bit of text, this small special administrative region, speaking on behalf of an empire, told the US to go fuck itself because it hadn't had the decency to be decent. And also, because it was too stupid to get Snowden's middle name correct. Whatever your feelings about Snowden, whether what he did was right or wrong, you have to admire the chutzpah.

Here's the full text of the statement (original is here):

HKSAR Government issues statement on Edward Snowden 
     The HKSAR Government today (June 23) issued the following statement on Mr Edward Snowden:

     Mr Edward Snowden left Hong Kong today (June 23) on his own accord for a third country through a lawful and normal channel.

     The US Government earlier on made a request to the HKSAR Government for the issue of a provisional warrant of arrest against Mr Snowden. Since the documents provided by the US Government did not fully comply with the legal requirements under Hong Kong law, the HKSAR Government has requested the US Government to provide additional information so that the Department of Justice could consider whether the US Government's request can meet the relevant legal conditions. As the HKSAR Government has yet to have sufficient information to process the request for provisional warrant of arrest, there is no legal basis to restrict Mr Snowden from leaving Hong Kong.

     The HKSAR Government has already informed the US Government of Mr Snowden's departure.

     Meanwhile, the HKSAR Government has formally written to the US Government requesting clarification on earlier reports about the hacking of computer systems in Hong Kong by US government agencies. The HKSAR Government will continue to follow up on the matter so as to protect the legal rights of the people of Hong Kong.
Ends/Sunday, June 23, 2013
Issued at HKT 16:05