Hong Kong’s About Face

Clay Chandler here, filling in for Alan. I write from Hong Kong where the big news is that Carrie Lam, the city’s Beijing-appointed chief executive, announced this afternoon that she will “pause” her administration’s push to pass a contentious extradition bill. The proposal, which would have enabled Hong Kong to hand over fugitives accused of […]

Behind the Barricades in Hong Kong, a Game of High-Tech Cat and Mouse—Data Sheet

Clay Chandler, filling in for Adam today. I write from Hong Kong where an uneasy calm descended this morning after the Legislative Council announced it will delay debate on a controversial proposal allowing extraditions to China’s mainland. The extradition measure is deeply unpopular here. The artless manner in which Hong Kong’s Beijing-annointed chief secretary Carrie […]

Julian Assange’s Fate Has Nothing to Do With Press Freedom

The Ecuadorian embassy in London has finally given Julian Assange the boot. After seven years providing sanctuary to the co-creator of WikiLeaks, the notorious secret-leaking website, the government of Ecuador–and its tortured embassy staffers–gave him up. They allowed British police to remove Assange, forcibly, on Thursday morning. Now, in the custody of the UK, the […]

Julain Assange’s Fate Has Nothing to Do With Press Freedom

The Ecuadorian embassy in London has finally given Julian Assange the boot. After seven years providing sanctuary to the co-creator of WikiLeaks, the notorious secret-leaking website, the government of Ecuador–and its tortured embassy staffers–gave him up. They allowed British police to remove Assange, forcibly, on Thursday morning. Now, in the custody of the UK, the […]