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A monitor outside of a mall in Hong Kong shows file footage of Edward Snowden in this photograph from June 23.
A monitor outside of a mall in Hong Kong shows file footage of Edward Snowden in this photograph from June 23.
(BOBBY YIP/REUTERS)

Frank Ching

China is clearly the big winner in the Snowden cyber-spying case

The month-long sojourn of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden on Chinese soil ended with his departure for Moscow and other parts after Hong Kong’s refusal to issue a warrant for his arrest despite an American request.

From China’s standpoint, this is the best resolution possible. China has been the main beneficiary of the whistle-blower’s accusations against the American government, and it will now be spared a prolonged battle in Hong Kong’s courts over whether Mr. Snowden should be extradited.