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Snowden Claims US Targets China With Hackers

From the South China Morning Post:


Jake Hammer | Jun 12, 2013

…In an exclusive interview carried out from a secret location in the city, the former Central Intelligence Agency analyst also made explosive claims that the US government had been hacking into computers in Hong Kong and on the mainland for years…

A week since revelations that the US has been secretly collecting phone and online data of its citizens, he said he will stay in the city “until I am asked to leave”, adding: “I have had many opportunities to flee HK, but I would rather stay and fight the US government in the courts, because I have faith in HK’s rule of law.” …

Uh huh. China is famous for its high regard for the rule of law.

“People who think I made a mistake in picking HK as a location misunderstand my intentions. I am not here to hide from justice, I am here to reveal criminality,” he said.

So far he has not revealed any credible ‘criminality.’

Snowden said that according to unverified documents seen by the Post, the NSA had been hacking computers in Hong Kong and on the mainland since 2009. None of the documents revealed any information about Chinese military systems, he said.

One of the targets in the SAR, according to Snowden, was Chinese University and public officials, businesses and students in the city. The documents also point to hacking activity by the NSA against mainland targets.

Snowden believed there had been more than 61,000 NSA hacking operations globally, with hundreds of targets in Hong Kong and on the mainland.

We actually hope that he’s right about this. But, sadly, he probably isn’t.

“We hack network backbones – like huge internet routers, basically – that give us access to the communications of hundreds of thousands of computers without having to hack every single one,” he said…

Snowden said he was releasing the information to demonstrate “the hypocrisy of the US government when it claims that it does not target civilian infrastructure, unlike its adversaries”.

Huh? The US government doesn’t claim to not target civilians. It claims it doesn’t target US civilians, unless they have connections to foreign espionage or terrorism.

“Not only does it do so, but it is so afraid of this being known that it is willing to use any means, such as diplomatic intimidation, to prevent this information from becoming public.”

Mr. Snowden is sounding more like Julian Assange every day.

“I’m neither traitor nor hero. I’m an American,” he said, adding that he was proud to be an American. “I believe in freedom of expression. I acted in good faith but it is only right that the public form its own opinion.” …

“Things are very difficult for me in all terms, but speaking truth to power is never without risk,” he said

"Truth to power." Sigh.

“All I can do is rely on my training and hope that world governments will refuse to be bullied by the United States into persecuting people seeking political refuge.” …

More delusions of grandeur.

Snowden’s revelations threaten to test new attempts to build US-Sino bridges after a weekend summit in California between the nations’ presidents, Barack Obama and Xi Jinping.

Which was his intention. In fact, Snowden says he timed the release his info for the eve of this ‘summit.’

If true, Snowden’s allegations lend credence to China’s longstanding position that it is as much a victim of hacking as a perpetrator, after Obama pressed Xi to rein in cyber-espionage by the Chinese military…

In other words, Snowden could be part of an effort to portray Chinas as the victim of hacking, rather than one of its foremost practitioners. ‘Poor China. Just like poor Russia, they are the victims of evil American hackers who trying to steal their all of advanced technological secrets.’

Meanwhile, we have this exchange from yesterday’s Senate Intelligence hearings, via the Weekly Standard:

‘False’: NSA Disputes Snowden Claim to Be Able to Tap Into Any Phone Call, Email

By DANIEL HALPER | June 12, 2013     

NSA chief Keith Alexander says Edward Snowden’s claim that he could tap any phone call or email is "false":

"I saw an interview in which Mr. Snowden claimed that due to his position at NSA he could tap into virtually any American’s phone call or e-mails," said Senator Susan Collins. "True or false?"

The NSA chief said, "False. I know of no way to do that."

As we said at the time Mr. Snowden first made this claim.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, June 13th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Snowden Claims US Targets China With Hackers”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    They better be

    China is relentlessly hacking us

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