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China Demands US Explain Internet Surveillance

From an irony proof Reuters:

China asks U.S. to explain Internet surveillance

By Michael Martina, Terril Yue Jones | June 17, 2013

(Reuters) – China made its first substantive comments on Monday to reports of U.S. surveillance of the Internet, demanding that Washington explain its monitoring programs to the international community.

Do the Chinese have a very dry sense of humor? Or are they trying to pointers for their own surveillance?

Several nations, including U.S. allies, have reacted angrily to revelations by an ex-CIA employee over a week ago that U.S. authorities had tapped the servers of internet companies for personal data.

"We believe the United States should pay attention to the international community’s concerns and demands and give the international community the necessary explanation," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a daily briefing.

This must be sarcasm.

The Chinese government has previously not commented directly on the case, simply repeating the government’s standard line that China is one of the world’s biggest victims of hacking attacks…

Which, oddly enough, is exactly the same line that Mr Snowden has been handing out:

Snowden told the South China Morning Post, Hong Kong’s main English language newspaper, last week that Americans had spied extensively on targets in China and Hong Kong.

He said these included the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the site of an exchange which handles nearly all the city’s domestic web traffic. Other alleged targets included government officials, businesses and students.

At the briefing, Hua rejected a suggestion that Snowden was a spy for China.

"This is sheer nonsense," she said, without elaborating…

And never mind that, according to the New York Times:

Mr. Snowden, who has taken refuge in Hong Kong, has studied Mandarin, was deeply interested in martial arts, claimed Buddhism as his religion and once mused that “China is definitely a good option career wise.” …

So it might not be "sheer nonsense" that he might have wanted to go work for them.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, June 17th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “China Demands US Explain Internet Surveillance”

  1. Astravogel says:

    Just finished reading, “Battle of Wits” code making and
    breaking from the 20’s on up. Details how the NSA came
    to be. Math got a little hard in the middle, but it is a good
    read. Enjoyed the description of Washington, DC before
    WW 2 as having, “Northern charm and Southern efficiency.”

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Now, see? The Republicans in Congress could have put the stank on Obama’s Democrats with this kind of stylin’ … but no. Congressional Republicans are lying around in the sun with their shades on, collecting fat paychecks, builsing up guaranteed pensions, getting massages from Nancy Pelosi’s pool boy when they’re not lounging in Japanese pools getting Fish Pedicures.

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