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U.S Vice President Joe Biden Visits China President Joe Biden contradicted the public assessment of U.S. intelligence and its allies, essentially letting China off the hook for its role in a months-long series of cyberattacks against sensitive industries. Yet the media, which threw a feeding frenzy whenever an anonymous intelligence source disputed President Donald Trump, have had nothing to say about the 46th president’s latest faux pas .
In January, hackers associated with China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS) reportedly launched a cyberespionage attack targeting at least 30,000 organizations. In addition to seeking vital information for defense-related industries, they shook down private-sector firms by using ransomware. (The Chinese Communist Party denies any role in the attack; NPR helpfully noted that China leveled countercharges against the U.S. government.)
This week, the administration condemned Beijing for the attack but, unlike with Russia’s SolarWinds hacking, Biden did not impose sanctions against China. On Monday, a reporter asked President Biden why he’s “naming and shaming China” without taking concrete action. “What is your understanding of the biggest difference between what [China has] done versus what Russia has done in terms of cyber hacking?”
Biden replied , “Look, to the best of my knowledge — and I’m getting a report tomorrow morning on this, a detailed report — my understanding is that the Chinese government, not unlike the Russian government , is not doing this themselves, but are protecting those who are doing it and maybe even accommodating them being able to do it. That may be the difference.” (Emphasis added.)
Forget the fact that Biden’s statement is self-refuting: Biden said the difference is that they are doing the same thing. Notice that it contradicts his intelligence community’s conclusions — including an announcement his administration made the previous evening.
During a background media call with an unnamed “senior administration official,” a reporter asked whether U.S. intelligence could “specifically blame the Microsoft Exchange Server attack on these MSS-affiliated hackers.” The official replied that the government had “high confidence” that the attack took place “very much with the Ministry of State Security’s knowledge.”
Even as President Biden raised questions […]
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