The Big Story – Ed Snowden reveals himself in Hong Kong after doing his new hosts a huge PR favor: Snowden was the source of reports of surveillance programs on phone and internet records from the National Security Agency (Epoch Times) – reports that swept aside news of Communist China’s massive cyber-hacking of American military secrets and their effect on the Xi-Obama summit. That he should show up in one of the biggest cities under CCP control – just after doing the regime such a major favor in public relations – should be raising many more eyebrows than just yours truly’s. Of course, hardly anyone is talking about the summit – or the damage done by the Communist Chinese hackers. How fortunate for Snowden’s hosts.
Snowden claims he chose Hong Kong as his destination due to its “reputation for freedom” and “strong tradition of free speech” (Macleans, Canada), an assertion utterly laughable to anyone who has seen the regime’s attempts to curb both since the 1997 handover.
Meanwhile, folks were even expressing puzzlement as to how Snowden managed to get a hold of the information in the first place (Washington Post).
CCP’s efforts to claim new territory continues apace: Another story that the summit coverage might have explored – but for Snowden’s highly convenient actions of the past week – is Zhongnanhai’s attempt to expand its reach in the South China and the East China Seas (Taipei Times). However, as the Epoch Times notes, the regimes neighbors have turned their efforts aside, and while India’s refusal was no surprise, odds are Vladimir Putin’s silence on the disputed regions was a major disappointment to the regime.
More on the summit – cyber attacks, Korea, and Taiwan: The account from the Washington Post didn’t have much – other than that the discussion mentioned was CCP cyber attacks was apparently “tense” – no surprise there. The two leaders also discussed the CCP’s Korean colony. Xi also demanded that Obama stop arms sales to Taiwan; the president’s response was not reported. Both major parties in Taiwan expressed gratitude for said arms sales (Taipei Times).
Corruption News: Ex-Railways Minister Liu Zhijun throws himself at the mercy of a Communist court, to which he admitted “taking massive bribes and steering lucrative projects to associates” (Epoch Times). Meanwhile, the regime tries – again – to restore confidence in the baby milk on store shelves (Epoch Times).
Korean colony agrees to talks with democratic South, but not to the attendees: This was just one of the tense points in the talks held yesterday. More talks will be held later this week, but it is still not clear who will speaking for either the democratic government or the CCP’s colonial regime (Washington Post).