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Former NSA contractor’s disclosures may draw China’s attention

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HONG KONG — The decision by a former contractor to divulge classified data about the US government’s surveillance of computers in mainland China and Hong Kong has complicated his legal position, but may also make China’s security apparatus more interested in helping him stay here, law and security experts said Friday.

The South China Morning Post, a local newspaper, reported Friday that Edward J. Snowden, the contractor, had shared detailed data showing the dates and Internet Protocol addresses of specific computers in mainland China and Hong Kong that the National Security Agency penetrated over the past four years.

The data also showed whether the agency was still breaking into these computers, the success rates for hacking, and other operational information.

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