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Snowden could be useful to us: Chinese newspaper
Beijing, June 14, 2013
First Published: 10:57 IST(14/6/2013)
Last Updated: 10:58 IST(14/6/2013)

A popular Communist Party-backed newspaper is urging China's leadership to get more information from former defense contractor Edward Snowden rather than send him back to the US, because his revelations about secret US surveillance programmes concern China's national interests.

The Global Times newspaper said in an editorial on Friday that the Chinese government should not only consider Beijing's relations with the United States but also domestic public opinion, which the paper says would be unhappy if Snowden was sent back.

The Chinese paper known for nationalist views says Snowden could offer intelligence that can help China update its understanding of cyberspace.

Snowden alleged in an interview with a Hong Kong newspaper that the US National Security Agency's 61,000 hacking targets around the world include hundreds in Hong Kong and mainland China.

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