Was the NSA Leak a Chinese Espionage Op?


I don’t know that I buy this but the timing pointed out here is certainly interesting. That and Snowden singing China’s praises is certainly suggestive.

Former CIA officer Bob Baer said on CNN Sunday evening officials are speculating that Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing could be “potential Chinese espionage.” Snowden came forward yesterday and identified himself as the leaker of the NSA’s massive surveillance operation.

Snowden revealed he was currently located in Hong Kong.

“It’s [Hong Kong’s] not an independent part of China at all. I’ve talked to a bunch of people in Washington today, in official positions, and they are looking at this as a potential Chinese espionage case,” said Baer.

Territory controlled by China is an odd place for a guy who claims to really care about human freedom and staying out of jail to run to. I doubt very much that Assange would go to Hong Kong. Even if he hasn’t offended the PRC, the Chinese authorities are not fond of troublemakers. And anyone who had access to intelligence and had been stripped of US protection would likely find himself spending a long series of nights on the wrong end of an interrogation table.

Still none of this is exactly proof. But the timing certainly is interesting.

Obama recently met with China’s Presdent Xi Jinping where they discussed issues of cybersecurity.

Baer said, “It almost seems to me that this was a pointed affront to the United States on the day the president is meeting the Chinese leader telling us, listen, quit complaining about espionage and getting on the internet and our hacking. You are doing the same thing.”

Before the story broke there was a lot of talk about the implications of China hacking the plans for most of America’s top secret weapons systems and about boosting America’s cyber warfare capabilities. Now all that is gone.

We’ve seen Obama get slapped around by the Russians. Apparently the Chinese are even better at humiliating Obama.

  • Vamonticello

    This article was interesting until it turned into another tea bag attack on Obama. Snowden is a rightwing Ron Paul supporter and these people are willing to betray their own country if they think it would embarrass the President.

    • ziggy zoggy

      You are a DNC idiot and paid lying troll. Snowden blew his whistle to the rabidly left-wing and deeply anti-American Guardian and Washington Post newspapers and then sought asylum with America’s number one cyber enemy – The “People’s Republic” of China. His stated reason for doing so was that he doesn’t want a FUTURE (Republican) administration to use the data gathered as an excuse to wage another war. (Bush lied, people died.) He is perfectly fine with the totalitarian and criminal Obamaburo using phone, web and other electronic recording data to persecute its political opponents.
      Not that it matters. NONE OF THIS will stop the Obamaburo from persecuting dissenters and America IS NOT the only country collecting this data. NOTHING can stop it now.
      Any conservative who cant see this is blind.

  • chan chan

    It’s certainly plausible. A simple operation, and exactly the kind of ‘poke in the eye’ the Chinese like to do.

    The latest news is he has disappeared from his HK hotel. Perhaps he’s in a Chinese Intelligence safe house?

  • ApolloSpeaks

    they would have kept him as a mole inside the system feeding them info, no?
    HuffPo reports that Putin is offering Snowden asylum. If true score another stunning victory for Obama’s Russian reset policy. If Snowden goes to Russia perhaps he’ll shack up with Gerard Depradieu?

  • Tan

    This article is interesting, but I don’t think it can be determined if Edward should be a hero or a traitor. I don’t think we can make that determination yet, so I think well have to wait and see if he’s a truth-teller or a liar. It’s also possible that he may be mixing the truth with a motive that he has that we’re not seeing. I’m no fan of Wikileaks, but if Assauge can mix the truth with his own leftist agendas, so can this ex-NSA agent. So I think well have to wait for the truth until it’s too late.

  • Michael R

    I’m not sure about Snowden, but I definitely suspect China of leaking Obama’s Cyber-Attack List (to deflect attention away from themselves):



    • objectivefactsmatter

      Message to the “international community” (who cares really?) is that the USA is more or less just like China.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    they would have kept him as a mole inside the system feeding them info, no?”

    Because it’s not possible they have more than one operator?