Chinese Citizen Suing U.S. For Defamation Over Snowden

The Edward Snowden scandal sparked an international defamation lawsuit.
The Edward Snowden scandal sparked an international defamation lawsuit.

A litigation-happy Chinese national is suing Edward Snowden and the United States. Chan Yuk-lun  — who has sued both Japan and the Chinese Electoral Affairs Commission in the past –is now claiming that infamous whistleblower, Edward Snowden, in conjunction with the U.S., defamed China by exposing the PRISM cyber-spying program.

Saying Snowden Was A Spy Hurt China Irrevocably?

Chan Yuk-lun stated in a Chinese High Court that reports of Edward Snowden spying for China constitute defamation. He maintains that stories of Hong Kong’s compromised internet security are responsible for the country’s recent stock market fall. According to Yuk-lun, the reports have caused people to lose confidence in Hong Kong’s market, and since he is a citizen, the defamation of China has harmed him directly.

Yuk-lun insists that Edward Snowdens’ presence in China has brought nothing but negative effects to the country. The outraged defamation plaintiff also feels strongly that Dick Cheney’s and Congressman Mike Rogers’s Chinese Spy assertions have made matters worse.

Chan Yuk-lan: The Patriot Act May Be Legal in the United States, But It Ain’t In China!

Chan Yuk-lun says the United States surveillance of other countries is not legal and constitutes “tort” and “theft” under Chinese libel and slander rules. He believes that even though the United States can legally use surveillance on its’ own soil, these laws do not apply overseas. He is demanding monetary compensation, a public apology and reimbursement of legal fees.

His writ states: “The plaintiff has reasons to believe that some people intentionally or unintentionally connive in their speeches and conduct of personnel under them to impact China’s politics and economic strength.”

The Harm Allegedly Plaguing China Thanks To This “Egregious Act” of International Defamation

In most defamation cases, the plaintiff must prove damage – even under Chinese defamation law. In this case, Chan Yuk-lun argues that the safety of doing business online has been compromised, thereby hindering commerce in Hong Kong and China, which ultimately results in financial harm to him, personally.

“Although the US government boasts that there are stringent mechanisms in place to ensure that private information intercepted will not be used in areas other than for purposes of anti-terrorism,” Yuk-lun opined, “such oral guarantees indeed cannot put people’s minds at ease.”

Yeah. Something tells us this defamation suit will end at the hands of a judge fairly soon. But hey, it just goes to show that sticking your nose in international online politics could result in international legal actions. So, if you plan to indulge in any digital exposing – it’s probably a good idea to have a cyber-libel lawyer on your side.

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