The July 2009 directive issued under Clinton’s name, which also asks for details about “information systems, networks, and technologies used by top officials and their support staffs,” sheds a rare light on the shady world of government espionage.
That classified dispatch is part of a massive document dump, about 250,000 diplomatic cables, that began appearing on the Internet this morning.
Chinese Leaders Behind Google Attacks
Another disclosure from the files is that China’s Politburo ordered the electronic intrusions into Google’s computer network that became public in January, prompting the company to rethink its Chinese operations, according to what a Chinese contact told the US embassy.
China has denied the charges.
That intrusion was reportedly conducted by a combination of government hackers and private security experts, who reportedly also targeted US government computers, those of the Dalai Lama, and other American companies.
Some of the companies that previously been named as victims include Yahoo, Symantec, Northrop Grumman, and Dow Chemical, and Adobe Systems has confirmed a “sophisticated, coordinated attack” against its corporate network.
Leaked From The US
It seems like the economy is not the only thing leaking in the US.
The files appear to have originated from the US Defense Department‘s SIPRNET, which is used for exchanging information up to the secret level and is jointly administered by the NSA, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the Defense Information Systems Agency.
SPIRNET itself stands for Secret IP Router Network.
FirstBy US Government ?
The Washington Times and a former Bush administration official suggest that WikiLeaks.org is the first public target for an US government cyber attack.
Assange was later released due to lack of evidence, but now it seems like “the evidence” suddenly has turned up again…
The White House have issued the following statement:
“These cables could compromise private discussions with foreign governments and opposition leaders, and when the substance of private conversations is printed on the front pages of newspapers across the world, it can deeply impact not only US foreign policy interests, but those of our allies and friends around the world. To be clear–such disclosures put at risk our diplomats, intelligence professionals, and people around the world who come to the United States for assistance in promoting democracy and open government.”
One Washington newspaper argued that WikiLeaks’ offshore Web site should be attacked and rendered “inoperable” by the US government.
An US State Department adviser, who served under President George W. Bush, writes in a column that the US military must “electronically assault WikiLeaks and any telecommunications company offering its services to this organization.”
And some have already labeled WikiLeaks as a terrorist organisation.
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