Bill Gertz over at the Washington Free Beacon details how the Obama administration opted not to act against Chinese government cyber spying two years ago.
President Barack Obama two years ago rejected a series of tough actions against China, including counter-cyber attacks and economic sanctions, for Beijing’s aggressive campaign of cyber espionage against the U.S. government and private businesses networks, according to administration officials.
Meanwhile, China recently issued a veiled threat to the United States about U.S. accusations of Chinese military cyber espionage. China told U.S. officials that continued U.S. public accusations of cyber espionage would render future bilateral discussions unproductive during recent U.S.-China talks following the release of a security firm’s report linking the Chinese military to cyber spying.
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According to administration officials familiar with internal discussions, the options were dismissed as too disruptive of U.S.-China relations.
Go read the whole deal. Bill Gertz has been an immensely respected reporter on issues of national security for many years. In age in which “journalist” has a synonym for “Leftist propagandist” Gertz remains, a man unabashedly in favor of a strong America without being jingoistic or obscuring the facts.