The Big Story – Snowden worked on China intelligence at NSA: Another reason Edward Snowden picked Hong Kong for his destination came to light via Bill Gertz (Washington Free Beacon via Washington Times):

The Pentagon is concerned that a former National Security Agency contractor who is now in Hong Kong will compromise top-secret electronic intelligence programs targeted against China, according to a defense official.

Edward Snowden, the former NSA technician who surfaced in Hong Kong Sunday, worked on highly classified electronic intelligence programs targeting China at the NSA’s Kunia facility in Hawaii.

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The defense official said it is possible Snowden may already have contact with MSS officials in Hong Kong. The MSS, China’s top intelligence agency, is believed to have hundreds or even thousands of operatives working in Hong Kong, a former British colony that is slowly coming under Beijing’s political control.

I wouldn’t say “slowly” myself, but the point is clear.

More CCP-US news: The Party uses the Long Arm of Lawlessness to force Chen Guangcheng out of New York University (NY Post). Jeff Smith reviews how the CCP is using the Brezhnev Doctrine on the high seas – what’s theirs is theirs, what’s ours is negotiable – in the Washington Times. The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission recommended Taiwan cease its reductions in military spending (Taipei Times).

Taiwan’s governing party to send delegation to meet Xi Jinping: The editors of the Taipei Times are decidedly unhappy with the KMT-CCP get-together.

Philippines pledge to defend themselves from Communist Chinese aggression: President Benigno Aquino III himself demanded that “our territory, rights and dignity be respected” (AP via Taipei Times), and backed it up with plans to modernize the Philippine military.

Communist repression becomes decentralized: The Epoch Times reveals a new method of persecution against Falun Gong practitioners – “Legal Education Classes” – which are locally driven, completely off the books, and just as brutal as the CCP-acknowledged labor camps.

Other Internal news: Faced with the prospect of expensive schooling and few post-graduation job prospects (See second paragraph), over one million students are not taking college entrance exams (Epoch Times). Meanwhile, the regime is starting to horde gold (Epoch Times).