US calls China ‘thuggish regime’ for singling out US diplomat in Hong Kong

Protesters pull down a fence near Nam Pin Wai village during a protest against the Yuen Long attacks in Yuen Long, New Territories, Hong Kong. (Reuters)

A US State Department spokeswoman on Thursday called China a “thuggish regime” for disclosing personal details and a photograph of a US diplomat who met with leaders of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement.

“I don’t think that leaking an American diplomat’s private information, pictures, names of their children, I don’t think that is a formal protest, that is what a thuggish regime would do,” spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus told a news briefing. “That is not how a responsible nation would behave.”

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