Jun. 15 - Hong Kong protesters demand an apology from Washington over allegations by former National Security Agency (NASA) contractor Edward Snowden that the U.S. has hacked into Hong Kong computer systems. Rough cut only. (No reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT ONLY - NO REPORTER NARRATION About ten protesters affiliated with a pro-Beijing political party marched to Hong Kong's U.S. consulate general on Saturday (June 15) to demand an apology from Washington after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked details of top secret U.S. surveillance programmes, alleged the U.S. had hacked into Hong Kong's networks. The 29-year-old fled to Hong Kong in the hope that the city's legal system would help protect him from U.S. prosecution. The protesters chanted slogans such as "stop hacking" and "explain to us immediately the surveillance programme" as they walked to the consulate general, which was closed for the weekend. Starry Lee, legislator and member of the pro-Beijing political party, Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, said Hong Kong should offer Snowden protection and that the U.S. should apologise. "We would like to urge them (U.S. government) to apologise to Hong Kong people because if all these allegations are valid, I think they have done something illegal and, which is not acceptable to Hong Kong people," Lee said. Snowden named Hong Kong's Chinese University, whose its server exchange handles up to 80 percent of Hong Kong's domestic internet traffic, as a possible hacking target. As the United States confirmed it had launched a criminal investigation against Snowden, activists and lawmakers in Hong Kong were due to stage a rally later on Saturday (June 15) in support of the man they say is upholding freedom of speech and democratic values.