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Sina Weibo users unleash scathing criticism of US hacking 'hypocrisy'

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 13 June, 2013, 11:25am
UPDATED : Friday, 14 June, 2013, 8:57am

Revelations by Edward Snowden that Washington has been hacking mainland China and Hong Kong for years triggered scathing criticism from Sina Weibo users, many of whom have previously held the US government as a role model for protecting human rights and freedom of speech.

On Weibo, Snowden's exclusive interview with the Post was promptly translated into Chinese by Sina News, reposted by influential opinion leaders and commented on thousands of times.

"Isn't this a slap in the face for Obama?" a microblogger wrote. "What a hypocrite US turns out to be despite its endless talks of freedom and democracy."

"This is exactly a case of a thief yelling thief," commented another blogger, referring to recent allegations the US made about cyberattacks from China.

Many bloggers also speculated on China's next move.

"Too bad China already knows every cyber-secret of its people," activist Chen Yunfei wrote teasingly on Twitter, "otherwise Snowden would have made a good fortune." Despite criticism directed at the US government, more people say Snowden is the true embodiment of the American spirit.

"He doesn't blindly follow orders from the powers and dares to challenge and rebel," microblogger Zheng Wei wrote. "He has the true American spirit of scepticism."

"As much as we are so willing to criticise the US for their bad behaviour," cautioned Zhao Xiao, a professor at University of Science and Technology Beijing, "it doesn't give China the excuse to act more evil."

The official China Daily said US-China relations will be tested after the disclosure of a huge US electronic surveillance programme, which "is certain to stain Washington's overseas image and test developing Sino-US ties", the newspaper cited analysts as saying. "How the case is handled could pose a challenge to the burgeoning goodwill between Beijing and Washington given that Snowden is in Chinese territory and the Sino-US relationship is constantly soured on cybersecurity."

One analyst noted the irony that the US surveillance programme was exposed just as Washington has intensified its public accusations of Chinese state-backed cyberattacks, which Beijing vehemently denies.

"It turns out that the biggest threat to the pursuit of individual freedom and privacy in the US is the unbridled power of the government," the paper quoted China Foreign Affairs University researcher Li Haidong as saying.

Additional reporting by Patrick Boehler, Agence France-Presse

 

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rao.nasir.900
just as Bradley answered I am surprised that someone able to get paid $6636 in four weeks on the internet. have you seen this site ,...... Cat48.com
goncalo
The US motto has always been "Do As I Say And Not As I Do".
webbocybase
A man joins the CIA and gets surprised that it is engaged in spying.
And in other shocking news : the Pope declares himself Catholic; Bears are discovered to defecate in the woods.
aplucky1
cia was not created to spy on honest citizens
it is NOT THE KGB
likingming
“As much as we are so willing to criticise the US for their bad behaviour,” cautioned Zhao Xiao, a professor at University of Science and Technology Beijing, “it doesn’t give China the excuse to act more evil.”
O'Shea
Classic realpolitik. Not a surprise.
Such a stir in the society reminds me of how the Frankfurt School criticises the public mass for being uncritical towards media.
markcra56
EDWARD SNOWDEN is a GREAT AMERICAN HERO!
PLEASE DO NOT LET THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DESTROY EDWARD SNOWDEN?
WHISTLE BLOWER EDWARD SNOWDEN is a GREAT AMERICA HERO!
FACT: EDWARD SNOWDEN's only GUILT is being a WHISTLE BLOWER against TYRANNY within the UNITED STATES of AMERICA.
FACT: EDWARD SNOWDEN dared to expose TYRANNY against an "OUT OF CONTROL" OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S new form of WORLD ORDER!
FACT: EDWARD SNOWDEN is to be REVERED and not FORSAKEN!
****www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1258032/man-moment-edward-snowden-keeps-media-
fatuous1
MARK TRAINA
WHITE HOUSE TEA PARTY
FOUNDER and PRESIDENT
FatuousCra@aol.com
"The TRUTH can be a REAL BYTCH, but that doesn't make it any less REAL or any less TRUE!" (TRAINAISM, 2013)
Many more OBAMA ADMINISTRATION "WHISTLE BLOWERS" will be CREEPIN out from under OBAMA'S BUST, and they too should REVERED and "NEVER EVER" FORSAKEN by U.S. in 2013!
(TRAINAISM, 2013)
THANK YOU Mr. EDWARD SNOWDEN for "STANDING UP AGAINST TYRANNY and DECEIT!
tkruemmer
The U.S. completely lost the moral high-ground, and this will go at the expense of a lot of rights-deprived people in the world..
An old German proverb goes: "When in a glass-house, do not throw stones." It would be wise for U.S. government officials to paste this proverb on their office walls.
qiaohan
Countries have been spying on each other and on their own citizens for hundreds of years. The US and China spying on each other? Why, I'm shocked, SHOCKED!
ablewang
We knew all along US is the biggest cyber thief in the world.
 
 
 
 
 

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