China Slams US Hacking Accusation As “Groundless Smear Campaign”, Demands Washington Explain Its Own Spying

China Slams US Hacking Accusation As “Groundless Smear Campaign”, Demands Washington Explain Its Own Spying:

While Russia continues to mostly mock and ridicule, and generally take in good humor, the constant allegations by the Obama administration that it “hacked the election”, without actually hacking the election – as in actually rigging or changing the votes – but merely exposing the corruption of the DNC and the cronyism of the Clinton Family Foundation, even if so far the highly confident US “intelligence agencies” have yet to demonstrate a shred of proof substantiating such allegations, China’s reaction to a similar accusation has demonstrated far less sense of humor.

That may explain why Beijing quickly slammed Washington’s claims it engaged in mass spying, and demanded an explanation from the US about its own global spying activities, after a US report accused China of using two Chinese hotels as spy centres, an allegation Beijing dubbed a “groundless” smear attempt.

Last Wednesday, the Washington Times accused the 4PLA, a unit attached to the Chinese Defence Ministry, of using the Jintang and Seasons hotels in the capital Beijing to conduct espionage. As evidence publication cited an open-source intelligence dossier produced by the Army’s Asian Studies Detachment, as the source of its report. The document does not explain why and how the hotels were allegedly used by the Chinese for hacking.

In any case China was displeased, and on Friday the Ministry of National Defense angrily denied that hotels in the Haidian District of Beijing served as a base for any cyber-espionage operations.

“The Chinese military has never supported any hacking activities, and the Chinese government has always been firmly opposed to and cracking down on relevant criminal activities in accordance with law, including network attacks,” China’s Defence Ministry said.

“Relevant accusation is totally groundless and a bad act of smearing China,” the statement added, calling on Washington to stop making “groundless accusation against China.”

To be sure, quite a different reaction from that of Russia which has responded mostly with mockery and accusations of stupidity.

The Chinese defense ministry wasn’t done, however, and added that Instead of blaming China for spying, Beijing challenged Washington to “give a clear explanation on the Prism Gate incident, ” not just to China, but to the entire international community.

Oops. Next thing you know Russia and China will demand that the CIA explain all of its own “stealth” campaigns to overthrow foreign government, among which the following:

  •     China 1949 to early 1960s
  •     Albania 1949-53
  •     East Germany 1950s
  •     Iran 1953 *
  •     Guatemala 1954 *
  •     Costa Rica mid-1950s
  •     Syria 1956-7
  •     Egypt 1957
  •     Indonesia 1957-8
  •     British Guiana 1953-64 *
  •     Iraq 1963 *
  •     North Vietnam 1945-73
  •     Cambodia 1955-70 *
  •     Laos 1958 *, 1959 *, 1960 *
  •     Ecuador 1960-63 *
  •     Congo 1960 *
  •     France 1965
  •     Brazil 1962-64 *
  •     Dominican Republic 1963 *
  •     Cuba 1959 to present
  •     Bolivia 1964 *
  •     Indonesia 1965 *
  •     Ghana 1966 *
  •     Chile 1964-73 *
  •     Greece 1967 *
  •     Costa Rica 1970-71
  •     Bolivia 1971 *
  •     Australia 1973-75 *
  •     Angola 1975, 1980s
  •     Zaire 1975
  •     Portugal 1974-76 *
  •     Jamaica 1976-80 *
  •     Seychelles 1979-81
  •     Chad 1981-82 *
  •     Grenada 1983 *
  •     South Yemen 1982-84
  •     Suriname 1982-84
  •     Fiji 1987 *
  •     Libya 1980s
  •     Nicaragua 1981-90 *
  •     Panama 1989 *
  •     Bulgaria 1990 *
  •     Albania 1991 *
  •     Iraq 1991
  •     Afghanistan 1980s *
  •     Somalia 1993
  •     Yugoslavia 1999-2000 *
  •     Ecuador 2000 *
  •     Afghanistan 2001 *
  •     Venezuela 2002 *
  •     Iraq 2003 *
  •     Haiti 2004 *
  •     Somalia 2007 to present
  •     Honduras 2009
  •     Libya 2011 *
  •     Syria 2012
  •     Ukraine 2014 *

First revealed through the Edward Snowden leaks in 2013, PRISM is a code name of the NSA surveillance program used to gain access to the private communications of users of nine popular Internet services, including Verizon, Apple, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Facebook.

The system grants NSA access to email, chat logs, VoIP traffic, files transfers, and other social networking data from companies. PRISM is just one of the numerous US spying tools and techniques exposed by Snowden.

While in the past the rest of the world – especially US trading partners – would eagerly keep their mouths shut when faced with grotesque accusations such as those emanating from the US intelligence apparatus, the fact that both Russia and China openly dare to refute, mock, ridicule and otherwise challenge is the real story here, one which the mainstream media will however ignore, as it chases fading marginal clicks based on the “fake news” story that somehow Clinton was elected, and the Democrats lost because Vladimir Putin had the temerity to expose their dirty laundy.

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