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    8 Dec 2010 列印 E-mail

    Category

       Public’s rights to know

    Issue

    • WikiLeaks: Hong Kong was Olympics terror target

    News Content

    • According to a document of the US embassy in Beijing unveiled by Wikileaks, Hong Kong was one a list of potential terrorist targets during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
    • The information provides another proof to the remarks made by immigration director Simon Pen in June 2008. He said intelligence revealed that some people intended to ruin the Olympics, which included the equestrian events. His remarks were however denied by the Security Bureau.
    • On the eve of the Games, Secretary of Security Ambrose Lee said: ‘at this moment, we do not have specific intelligence to show Hong Kong is a target of city (of terrorist)’
    • James To, chairman of the Legislative Council security panel, accused Secretary for Security Ambrose Lee of lying about the incident.
    • Mr. Ambrose Lee denied yesterday he has been lying or misleading the public. He said: ‘We had vague intelligence saying the Xinjiang independent movement and al-Qaeda would like to attack China, including Hong Kong during the Olympics, but no specific intelligence to show when Hong Kong might be under a threat.’

    Questions

    • Why did Mr. Lee qualify the intelligence? Why distinction has to be made? What was the intention behind? Hong Kong public is politically matured to make a difference between vague and specific. Why the government did not tell us the total truth? Why was only partial fact given to us? It helped nothing but undermined the credibility of the government.
    • It provides further proof that Hong Kong government does not respect people’s right to know.
    • People’s right to know should be respected. That principle should be upheld when considering whether Hong Kong should bid to host the Asian Games.
    • In the government-led discussion of whether Hong Kong should bid to host the Asian Games, no attention has been given to the security aspect as well as the balance between people’s right to know and the public security. The government should address this issue when revealing its bidding intention this Friday.