In a game of “I’ll show you mine if you’ll show me yours” that would make Anthony Wiener proud, Pentagon officials have been briefing Chinese defense leaders on our military and intelligence community’s cyber intentions and capabilities.
They apparently expected the Chinese to reciprocate. Shocker: Beijing is not playing ball. Since we have ceded the high ground to the world’s most aggressive covert hackers, thanks to Edward Snowden’s leakage about our virtual intrusions into various Chinese networks, we have a weak hand. There is no reason for China to break from their long-standing denial of cyber espionage. Once again, the U.S. looks naive and foolish.
The rationale for this unilateral dishing of state secrets is that we don’t want the Chinese to be alarmed over our beefed-up cyber department, which is moving from only 900 a year ago January to more than 6,000 virtual warriors over the next two years. Since it is largely Beijing’s aggressive cyber thievery that has prompted the upgrade, and since they know all too well how they have outgunned us in cyberspace, this soothing effort seems unnecessary.
The New York Times quotes a Pentagon official likening the cyber-openness to Cold-war exchanges with the Soviets over missile deployments, which were aimed at averting a potentially catastrophic mistake. Of course, nuclear cold-war tensions derived to some degree from our enemies’ respect for former
In case they were unclear on just how little backbone the
President Obama’s timidity in recent encounters in
The China Daily recently wrote, “Beijing has demanded a clear explanation from Washington over reports of espionage by the US National Security Agency (NSA)…. Senior officials in
It is beyond ironic that the Obama White House appears ready to tell Chinese military personnel more about our cyber efforts than they have shared with Americans. The Pentagon Press Secretary claimed that the U.S. military would be “as transparent as
possible” about our snooping. Nice to know. We’ll hope that transparency extends to phone taps and email intercepts of U.S. citizens as well.
In short, we are ill positioned in the extreme to look for concessions from
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