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

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June 27 (Bloomberg) -- 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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