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Former NSA chief's irresponsible remarks on China reek of cyber McCarthyism

(Xinhua)    16:28, March 17, 2015

BEIJING, March 17-- Mike McConnell, former chief of U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), has recently captured public attention with an unprecedented allegation that Chinese hackers "have penetrated every major corporation of any consequence in the United States and taken information."

The speech, sensational but devoid of any concrete evidence, conjures up the infamous McCarthyism, whose practitioner makes personal attacks by means of widely publicized indiscriminate allegations based on unsubstantiated charges.

In the widely reported speech delivered at the University of Missouri on Thursday, McConnell, who led the NSA from 1992 until 1996, claimed that Chinese hackers have implanted malware in the systems of all major U.S. companies and such malware, never detected by the U.S. side, allows the hackers to "extract information whenever they want."

Any sober mind would notice a puzzling self-contradiction in the assertion: If such malware has never been detected, how does McConnell find their presence in almost every major U.S. companies? One can only guess that he commands even better resources than those working for various U.S. official intelligence organizations and related business operators, which is most definitely not the case.

To make his China-demonizing allegations more convincing, the former intelligence chief resorted to the power of details by listing areas in which the "Chinese are stealing": "planning information for advanced concepts, windmills, automobiles, airplanes, space ships, manufacturing design, software."

As some of these areas happen to be the ones where China is rapidly catching up with the United States, McConnell seems to imply that China's progress may come as a result of "cyber theft." But again, he publicized accusations with insufficient regard to evidence.

By hyping the threat of Communism with carefully-fabricated lies and ill-intended exaggerations, Joeseph Raymond McCarthy came to the height of his political career at the expense of a troubled society in the 1950s.

If he were alive, he would find McConnell an up-to-date disciple at a time when the United States seeks to cement its dominance in the cyber world.

With the aim of ultimately dictating all rules in the cyber space, Uncle Sam has repeatedly, often groundlessly, accused China of violations but rarely made direct response to widespread concerns over appalling revelations of its cyber spying programs.

As a key figure once at the center of the U.S. intelligence network, McConnell knows perfectly well why Washington seeks to portray China as the top villain in the cyber world, despite a raft of findings by various institutions that the United States is easily world's biggest hacker.

McConnell's "China-threat" speech may seem reckless, but it is by no means driven by an impulse but his deliberated effort to cater to Washington's desire to always discredit China in regard to cyber security.

(For the latest China news, Please follow People's Daily on Twitter and Facebook)(Editor:Ma Xiaochun,Huang Jin)

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