Protesters have been demanding protection for Edward Snowden
Protesters have been demanding protection for Edward Snowden

Media in mainland China and Hong Kong continue to demand answers and an apology from Washington on whistleblower Edward Snowden's revelations of US cyber-espionage.

Communist Party newspaper People's Daily repeats calls for the US government to end the "hypocrisy of a thief shouting 'stop thief!'" and account for Edward Snowden's allegations on US intelligence agencies infiltrating Chinese computer networks.

It also defends the Hong Kong government's decision not to extradite Mr Snowden and to let him fly to Moscow as "consistent with the law and entirely defensible".

The official Xinhua News Agency on Sunday said Mr Snowden's allegations on US spies hacking into Chinese networks had "put Washington in a really awkward situation".

"Washington should come clean about its record first. It has to share with the world the range, extent and intent of its clandestine hacking programmes," the agency said.

Beijing's Global Times says China should make use of Mr Snowden's revelations to counter-attack similar US allegations in recent months on Chinese state-sponsored cyber-espionage.

"China needs to confidently build its own cyber-security forces and fully enhance national network security capabilities. Our knowledge and our resources invested in this regard are both lacking, but our hands have been tied by the Western media to some extent," the editorial says.



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