Obama Administration Engages In War Of Words With China Over Alleged Espionage Hacks

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A Pentagon report on the Chinese military bluntly accused the People’s Liberation Army and the Chinese government of instigating cyber-attacks against U.S. government computer systems, as well as those of industrial and defense contractors.

“In 2012, numerous systems around the world, including those owned by the U.S. government, continued to be targeted for intrusions, some of which appear to be attributable directly to the Chinese government and military,” the report, released Monday, alleges.

An official with the U.S. Department of Defense confirmed that the report had been coordinated so that the White House could reveal suspicions it’s long harbored under the security aegis of the Pentagon. Industrial espionage appeared to be the primary motive for the alleged cyberattacks, with Chinese efforts to understand the thinking behind U.S. policies mentioned as a secondary motive.

A Chinese Foreign Affairs official responded Tuesday by saying the report contained “groundless accusations and speculations.”

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.