“Verax” Is The First Biopic Film About Edward Snowden

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It's only five minutes and the acting is notional, but Verax is officially the first dramatization featuring NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The film, made by Hong Kong-based videographer Edwin Lee and friends, isn't completely about Snowden -- it's as much a paean to Hong Kong -- but it's received ample media attention nonetheless.

China Daily And SCMP Ran Very Different Frontpage Stories About Hong Kong Rallies

China Daily vs SCMP
Sometimes newspapers bend the truth, or cast a story in its own editorial light. For examples of this, follow James Fallows's sporadically updated series about why he reads more than one newspaper. But then there's the above. Tens of thousands marched in protest yesterday of Hong Kong chief executive CY Leung and Beijing political influences, but if the only newspaper you read was the China Daily (a hypothetical that applies to no one), you'd be forgiven for thinking all those bodies around Victoria Park were celebrating the 16th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover.

Hong Kong’s Next Media Offers HK$1 Million Bounty To Track Down Its Vandals

Hong Kong Next Media offices attacked
Next Media Group in Hong Kong, owned by the rabblerousing Jimmy Lai, says one of its distribution centers came under attack on June 30 as part of an assault that saw 26,000 papers get burned. A day earlier, Next Media's office was the target of a "drive-by knife-throwing," in which an unidentified man hurled a cleaver at the front gate. These and other actions, the company says, are part of a coordinated attack against Lai due to his support of the Occupy Central movement and outspoken criticism against China's Communist Party.

Mainland Tourist In Hong Kong Says She Returned 200 Million Yuan’s Worth Of Lost Diamonds

Fu Zhuli returns lost diamonds
This is decidedly not the sort of mainlander-in-Hong-Kong story we're used to. As relayed by SCMP, a mainland tourist, Fu Zhuli, found a bag of diamonds she estimates was worth HK$250 million on June 23 at the Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair. As a good Christian, she went against the urging of some of her friends, who said to keep the bag.

Today Is National Protest Day In Hong Kong

Hong Kong July 1 protest
July 1, 1997 marked the handover of Hong Kong from Great Britain to the People's Republic of China, and every July 1 since, hundreds to thousands of people have marched in this city. Since 2003, as this Wikipedia entry informs, the number has sometimes been hundreds of thousands (though, because Hong Kong is terrible with big-number estimates, we never have an exact figure.) This year? "A massive protest is expected," reports Wall Street Journal. On the docket: direct elections and the resignation of chief executive Leung Chun-ying.

Edward Snowden Reportedly Leaves Hong Kong, US Request For Extradition Failed Due To Paperwork [UPDATE]

Edward Snowden leaves Hong Kong
And he's gone. Screams the latest SCMP headline (all-caps theirs): SNOWDEN LEAVES HONG KONG ON COMMERCIAL FLIGHT TO MOSCOW The report isn't confirmed, but SCMP notes that Snowden "would continue on to another country." The Hong Kong government issued a short statement today, in which it said the US's request for extradition "did not fully comply with the legal requirements under Hong Kong law."

Listen To A Madman Rant On A Plane From Hong Kong To Newark

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"My name is Daniel Morgan Perry, born March 12, 1978." On United Airlines Flight 116 from Hong Kong to Newark on Monday, Daniel Morgan Perry, born March 12, 1978, demanded the plane be diverted to Canada, according to passengers, claiming his life was in danger. Also, something about poison and the CIA.