Former Hong Kong Leader Donald Tsang On Trial

hong-kongThe former leader of Hong Kong, Donald Tsang, is on trial for corruption which took place near the end of his term, between 2010 and 2012.

Mr Tsang pleaded not guilty to three charges of bribery and misconduct, relating to a luxury flat in China.

He is the highest-ranking retired official to be tried for corruption in Hong Kong and faces possible jail time in a case that has worried a city known for its clean reputation.

The former leader was popular when he first took office and was considered competent, and more charismatic than his predecessor Tung Chee-hwa.

72 year old Tsang served as Chief Executive Of Hong Kong between 2005 and 2012.

According to the South China Morning Post, as quoted by the BBC, he first came to power promising a “clean and efficient” civil service.

His term, however ended in scandal when the penthouse claims came to light, launching a three-year inquiry culminating in the trial.

His deputy was also jailed for bribery two years ago.

Ex-CIA Who Leaked U.S Top Secret Leaves Hong Kong For Moscow

Edward Snowden, the former contractor for the National Security Agency, left Hong Kong on a flight for Moscow on Sunday and his final destination may be Ecuador or Iceland, the South China Morning Post said.

It did not give any source for the information. A Hong Kong government spokesman said Snowden had left voluntarily.

The paper earlier quoted Snowden offering new details about America’s spy activities, including accusations of U.S. hacking of Chinese mobile phone companies and targeting China’s Tsinghua University.

Documents previously leaked by Snowden revealed that the NSA has access to vast amounts of internet data such as emails, chat rooms and video from large companies, including Facebook and Google, under a government program known as Prism.