Snowden Exit May Affect U.S.-Hong Kong Visa Talks, Ventrell Says

Hong Kong’s handling of the departure of Edward Snowden, the intelligence program leaker facing espionage charges in the U.S., may affect its plans to become a member of the U.S. Visa Waiver Program, State Department Spokesman Patrick Ventrell said on June 25.

“These issues have an impact when we have a breakdown on cooperation on such a key issue,” Ventrell said, when asked about the repercussions on U.S.-China or U.S.-Hong Kong relations, according to a transcript of a press briefing in Washington.

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