WikiLeaks Cablegate: China Government Ordered Google Hack
Latest Wikileaks Release: US Officials Blame China for Cyber Warfare Moves
While never publicly accusing the Chinese government of engaging in cyber-warfare against Western governments and entities, the Wikileaks cablegate dump shows that the US embassy in China had been told that Beijing was indeed behind the attacks.
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Wikileaks vs China
It is clear that the Pentagon hates Wikileaks, but the whistleblower site is now facing the prospect of China as an enemy. Dissing Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi is one thing (since everyone outside Italy does it), and Wikileaks isn't uncovering anything new when it shows that US diplomats see Vladimir Putin as the real power in Russia.
However, China is now named and shamed in a Wikileaks dump, and, while the source of the story is, ultimately, US diplomats, Wikileaks is the messenger, and messengers are often castigated for their messages. After all, Beijing hates being dissed, which is how the whole Google hack situation started in the first place. Of course, this presumes that China was not behind the DDOS attack on Wikileaks ahead of the cablegate release.
The US Embassy's Chinese contact claimed the Google hacking was "part of a coordinated campaign of computer sabotage carried out by government operatives, private security experts and internet outlaws recruited by the Chinese government," according to the New York Times, which has seen the cable.