China responds to Snowden claims of US hacking Chinese computer systems


The China Daily which happens to be the English-language mouthpiece of the Chinese government couldn’t have got a better story. Edward Snowden the former contractor for the National Security Agency on June 13 after exposing the American electronic surveillance program has told the South China Morning Post before fleeing to Hong Kong that the U.S. has hacked into Chinese computer systems for years.

China responds to Snowden claims of US hacking Chinese computer systems-global-annal

The Chinese state media came into action after a long silence about the presence of a U.S. whistle-blower on Chinese soil even though it is in a territory that is governed independently from the rest of the country. “This is not the first time that U.S. government agencies’ wrongdoings have aroused widespread public concern,” observed the China Daily in one of its editorial. Another separate news article in the official state newspaper says that “analysts” believed the bombshells dropped in the Snowden affair are “certain to stain Washington’s overseas image and test developing Sino-U.S. ties.”

The NSA contractor firm Booz Allen has however fired Edward Snowden for “violation of the firm’s code of ethics.” In the statement issued by the consulting firm Booz Allen it has confirming on Tuesday that Edward Snowden (29) has been the firm’s employee for less than 3 months, assigned to a team in Hawaii.

The statement also says that Snowden used to get a salary of $122,000 and was terminated on Monday “for violations of the firm’s code of ethics and firm policy.”

Snowden revealed on Sunday that he was the source of leaks concerning National Security Agency’s collection of phone and Internet data.

In the interview with The Guardian, Snowden described that he lead a comfortable lifestyle and received $200,000 salary from Booz Allen and has a home in Hawaii in which he lived with his girlfriend. The main fear Snowden had was that following the leaks, U.S. government would come after his family, his friends and his partner.

Source: Time, Businessinsider, ABC

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