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Edward Snowden

China 'gravely concerned' on cybersnooping by US, called world's 'biggest villain'

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 23 June, 2013, 12:37pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 23 June, 2013, 11:17pm

China said on Sunday that it was “gravely concerned” over cyberattacks by US government agencies after new allegations that they had snooped on Chinese targets.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the latest reports “again proved that China is the victim of cyberattacks, and we have already lodged representations to the US side”, according to state news agency Xinhua.

The remarks followed new claims by former US spy Edward Snowden that US spies had hacked the prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing -- home to one of six “network backbones” that route all of mainland China’s Internet traffic -- and the Hong Kong headquarters of Pacnet, which operates one of the Asia-Pacific region’s largest fibre-optic networks.

Earlier on Sunday, Xinhua called the United States the world’s “biggest villain” for IT espionage, after the new allegations emerged.

“These, along with previous allegations, are clearly troubling signs,” Xinhua said in a commentary.

“They demonstrate that the United States, which has long been trying to play innocent as a victim of cyber attacks, has turned out to be the biggest villain in our age,” it said.

The comments came after the United States slapped an arrest warrant on Snowden on Friday, and White House National Security Advisor Tom Donilon said the charges “present a good case for extradition under the treaty, the extradition treaty between the United States and Hong Kong”.

“Hong Kong has been a historically good partner of the United States in law enforcement matters, and we expect them to comply with the treaty in this case,” he told CBS Radio News on Saturday.

Xinhua noted that the United States was now trying formally to extradite Snowden from Hong Kong, where he has gone to ground.

“But for other countries, Washington should come clean about its record first. It owes too an explanation to China and other countries it has allegedly spied on. It has to share with the world the range, extent and intent of its clandestine hacking programmes,” it said.

The United States and China are both victims of hacking and have to work together on the issue, Xinhua said.

But it stressed: “The ball is now in Washington’s court. The US government had better move to allay the concerns of other countries.”

Pro-Beijing Hong Kong lawmaker Regina Ip, a former secretary for security who sits on the Executive Council, said protections for political asylum-seekers were written into the US extradition treaty in “black and white”.

Washington may threaten Hong Kong with a withdrawal of visa-free access to the United States for its residents, she said on the Commercial Radio station.

But Ip emphasised: “We have laws, and the United States should also be aware of it.”


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hard times !
Probably the guy down below named joseph.robert.9 has something wrong with his mind and perception plus little knowledge of cybersurveillance in the present world where the top technology of internet is dominated by the US and so did the invention of the Internet (originally for the use of US military).As all sensible netizens in the world well know now,the largest hacker in the world is noboby but the National Security Agency of America of the Pentagon.Its staff including those contrators are in the number of 850,000 ! How horrible the size of its cyberspies are ! China's cyber-spying is just a dward compared with the US---the Big Brother who is watching us now !
everybody spies. Its been like this since the cold war.
but what i cant stand is the US lecturing & accusing the rest of the world on human rights & this, among others.
biggest hypocrite
dats is so true..i wont dispute that but at least in China, it is an open secret. They do not deny and neither do they pretend otherwise.
But in USA, I think the case is entirely different. The constant deny and dat Clapper guy was lying thru his baldly head is pathetic. The point is what else the gov hiding. Can we truly trust their credibility ?
Lecturing China or elsewhere of hacking is disturbing wrong. China is being accused of excessive hacking company corporate data and I can bet with you USA is hacking the people that works for those Chinese companies...does it makes any difference ?
Ever heard of the notorious Big Brothers? The Big Five of CIA,NSA,DIA,NGA,NRO in coordination with satellite stations throughout the territories of five Anglo nations, known as Five Eyes, and their worldwide hacking has been a constant warning since last year in China Daily. [Google 'Sicko Uncle Sam' at the CD Forum for more].
The Americans are sore losers............that's why even one of their own turned his back on them.........
China's comments are hilarious and lies. China is no doubt the biggest illegal surveillance perpetrator in the world. China is known to spy on the US, UK, Australia, Israel, Canada and many other countries. When will China tell the truth and let authorities into their Shanghai spy headquarters building for Unit 61398? NEVER. Why does China censor what its people can read on the internet to prevent them from knowing the truth, when in the US, Americans can visit any worldwide website that they want. China is SCARED of the TRUTH!
hard times !
Now Hong Kong government has clearly told the Big Brother we are no longer a good partner in extraditing any political criminals to the States since most Hongkongers have grown up maturely in politics and won't blindly follow the instructions or orders of the Big Brother---the US which is described by New China News Agency as the biggest villian in cyberespionage in our age ! An accurate description indeed ! Bravo ! Now the CIA and NSA agents can fly home empty-handed while awaiting a demotion or even dismissal by their superiors: the directors of both secret agencies whose heads' fury might be put upon their men sent here earlier !
if US is It is monitoring communications traffic for security reasons, why would they hack into research programs in china's universities, phone companies, communication channels, military bases?
lot of programs in US are now diappearing. health care, food stamp..... the prism program alone cost $3 billion. they are 39000 programs in defense department. target 200 countries in the world. how much do those thingst cost? and cost of wars too.
the US government is cutting budget on lots of programs on helping citizens, spend more on wars, and those programs that pose major threat to the world.
I'm an American living in Beijing. I'd much rather be "spied on" by the US than China. America doesn't seem to be arresting anyone for just expression simple opinions on the Internet, as is frequently the case in China. Nor is the US government shutting down blogs of it's leading writers and even journalists, which happens here in China. The US is primarily worried about terrorism, while China worries about it's own citizens. I'm sure most Chinese would agree with me.
Spying happens everywhere around the world, it's not at all a surprise. I can't say if the U.S. is right or not. However, Snowden is a real coward. I still remember he said he would stay because he believed in HK's judicial system - but what now?



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