China feared Edward Snowden extradition fight with U.S., aided NSA leaker to leave Hong Kong

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If so, “There would be, without any question, some effect and impact on the [U.S.] relationship [with those countries] and consequences [for them],” he added.

Reuters, citing an unnamed “source in Beijing who has direct knowledge of the case,” reported that China had been concerned about how a long-drawn out legal battle in the former British colony of Hong Kong might stress its already complex relations with the United States. 

China did not want to offend the United States and was happy for Snowden to leave,” the source told Reuters


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Shaun Waterman is an award-winning reporter for The Washington Times, covering foreign affairs, defense and cybersecurity. He was a senior editor and correspondent for United Press International for nearly a decade, and has covered the Department of Homeland Security since 2003. His reporting on the Sept. 11 Commission and the tortuous process by which some of its recommendations finally became ...

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