#CyberFLASH: Cyber-spying fight shows Snowden was right: Burman


The backlash from whistleblower Edward Snowden’s security leaks is a gift that keeps on giving. This week’s righteous cyber-clash between China and the U.S. is the latest example. However unintended, it further peels the onion that modern global politics has become, as hypocritical as it is unpredictable.

Just imagine the Chinese military believing it can spy on American companies with impunity! Why wouldn’t it expect the U.S. government to respond aggressively — the first time by any country — by actually laying charges against five of its army officers? After all, what self-respecting nation can tolerate one of its historic rivals using the most sophisticated forms of 21st-century spy craft to ensure that its commercial interests have an unfair advantage?

Now, wait a minute. Isn’t that what the Snowden leaks revealed the Americans have been doing to the Chinese in recent years, as well as to many other countries — with, of course, the blind support of its client states, such as Canada? Does this huffing and puffing have no bounds?

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