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WikiLeaks helping Snowden seek asylum


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Chinese you need:

Founder:创建人 (chuàngjiànrén)

Publish :出版 (chūbǎn)

Surveillance :监督 (jiāndū)

Asylum :避难所 (bìnànsuǒ)

Extradition : 引渡 (yǐndù)

Confirm :确认 (quèrèn)

Intermediary :中间人 (zhōngjiānrén)

Collect :收集 (shōují)

Disclosure :泄密 (xièmì)

Principle :原则 (yuánzé)

Heroism :英雄主义 (yīngxióngzhǔyì)

Employee :雇员 (gùyuán)

Fight :战斗 (zhàndòu)

Community :团体 (tuántǐ)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Wednesday his organization is assisting whistle-blower Edward Snowden’s asylum bid in Iceland, warning that they may also help publish more details on the secretsurveillance program conducted by the US National Security Agency (NSA).

“We are in touch with Mr Snowden’s legal team and have been, are involved, in the process of brokering hisasylum in Iceland,” said Assange, who is holed up in the Ecuadoran embassy in London, where he is fightingextradition to Sweden, reported AFP.

The Icelandic government confirmed earlier Wednesday that they had received an informal approach from anintermediary that Snowden wants to seek asylum, but have refused to say whether they would grant it or not.

In Washington, General Keith Alexander, head of the NSA, defended the program of collecting people’s phone records and Internet data, saying that Snowden’s disclosure caused “irreversible and significant” damage to US national security.

“The quick development of cyber technology makes it hard to completely control its use. And more importantly, there are still no established principles in this regard,” Zhang Zhizhou, a research fellow with the School of International Relations and Diplomacy of Beijing Foreign Studies University, told the Global Times.

“So there were individuals who wanted to disclose such secrets with a sense of heroism,” Zhang remarked, citing previous examples of Assange and Bradley Manning.

Snowden fled to Hong Kong on May 20. The 29-year-old former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency said last week he wanted to stay in Hong Kong, where he would fight the US extradition efforts in court.

The Chinese foreign ministry on Monday rejected as “sheer nonsense” claims that Snowden is an agent hired by China, urging the US to take the concerns and demands of the international community and the public over this issue seriously, and give a necessary explanation.

“China and the US have agreed to hold talks on cyber security and I think both countries could cooperate with each other to push for the creation of relevant rules and regulations,” Zhang said.


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