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Snowden Fleeing Damaging to U.S.-China Relations, Carney Says

June 24 (Bloomberg) -- Hong Kong’s decision to let fugitive Edward Snowden leave for Moscow “unquestionably” damages U.S. relations with China, President Barack Obama’s spokesman said.

The U.S. government has expressed its “frustration and disappointment with Hong Kong and China” for letting Snowden flee, White House press secretary Jay Carney said today.

Snowden, a former government computer security contractor who is charged with violating the Espionage Act, is believed to be in Moscow and the U.S. is in contact with Russian authorities, Carney said at a briefing in Washington.

While refusing to specifically say that Snowden’s passport was revoked, Carney said Hong Kong officials knew “in plenty of time” the status of Snowden’s travel documents.

Carney wouldn’t discuss any negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government, saying the U.S. has “a fairly substantial history of law enforcement cooperation” with Russia.

To contact the reporter on this story: Roger Runningen in Washington at rrunningen@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Steven Komarow at skomarow1@bloomberg.net

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