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Hong Kong could not see legal basis for Snowden’s detention

June 23, 2013, 14:21 UTC+3
he US government insisted on detention and extradition of the CIA former employer
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HONG KONG, June 23 (Itar-Tass) - Hong Kong’s authorities said they could not find any legal reasons to prevent departure of the CIA’s former agent Edward Snowden.

The US government insisted on detention and extradition of the CIA former employer on the basis of a bilateral agreement with Hong Kong on extradition of persons hiding from the justice.

The documents presented by the American side “did not comply fully with the legal criteria” of China’s Special Administrative Region /SAR/. Thus, the authorities requested from the US additional information, a representative of the SAR’s administration said.

“Due to the lack of sufficient information for launching of the procedure, there were no legal reasons to prevent Snowden from leaving Hong Kong,” the SAR’s administration said in a statement.

The administration, in its turn, addressed Washington for explanations regarding Snowden’s information that American governmental authorities had been practicing hacker attacks against Hong Kong’s computer systems.

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