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Hong Kong on Snowden’s Departure: The Middle Name Ploy

Written by Gary North on June 27, 2013

The Hong Kong government refused to honor the U.S. government’s request to extradite Edward Snowden. Why? We don’t know.

Think of Snowden as “Chinese take-out.” They let him depart for Russia.

But the Hong Kong government wants to justify itself. So, it cooked up a great excuse: bad paperwork by the U.S. government. The U.S. authorities got Snowden’s middle name wrong.

The U.S. government has not denied that it got the middle name wrong. It says that it complied with the terms of the extradition treaty. It’s “he said-she said” on an international scale.

Think about this. The U.S. government, backed by the massive spy network that Snowden revealed, could not get his name right. This is typical. The computers sweep everything into their data bases, but when it comes to taking action, it’s the Keystone Kops.

Hong Kong will win this argument. When it comes to incorrect paperwork, it’s an open-and-shut case. The person who filled out the paperwork incorrectly is on the hook. No appeal. No excuses.

The issue was political. The justification is bureaucratic. Bureaucracy usually trumps politics. “We do things properly around here.” That is the brick wall — call it the Great Wall of Hong Kong.

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6 thoughts on “Hong Kong on Snowden’s Departure: The Middle Name Ploy

  1. Texas Chris says:

    Hahahaha! Serves the US Spy Network right!

  2. Mr. North seems disappointed that Snowden escaped the clutches of our "dear leader".

  3. Phillip the Bruce says:

    If you think Dr. North is disappointed, you don't know much about him.

  4. on what do you base that? I'm certain Mr. North is laughing his head off at the incompetence of the folks that tried to take Ed s captive… and were foiled. Foiled by careless paperwork, government mandated. Sort of like the face cutting off its own nose to spite itself….. luvly, that….

  5. Remember in the Boston bombing, DHS and authorities claimed they didn’t catch the airline travel of the older brother because his name was misspelled on the travel watch list….twice! What goes around comes around.

  6. Skillet56 says:

    I think they let him go as a result of a video that mocked the Chinese.