U.S. State Department – China obsessed with Google

American Embassy in China sent a secret cable to Washington detailing one reason top Chinese leaders had become so obsessed with the Internet search company: they were Googling themselves, and they were finding criticism in the results.

The May 18, 2009, cable, titled “Google China Paying Price for Resisting Censorship,” quoted a well-placed source as saying that Li Changchun, a member of China’s top ruling body, the Politburo Standing Committee, and the country’s senior propaganda official, was taken aback to discover that he could conduct Chinese-language searches on Google’s main international Web site. When Mr. Li typed his name into the search engine at google.com, he found “results critical of him.”

That cable from American diplomats was one of many made public by WikiLeaks that portray China’s leadership as nearly obsessed with the threat posed by the Internet to their grip on power — and, the reverse, by the opportunities it offered them, through hacking, to obtain secrets stored in computers of its rivals, especially the United States.

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3 Responses to U.S. State Department – China obsessed with Google

  1. Krell

    December 6, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    I have read articles that the next World War will be completely Cyber, with the conclusion already determined before a single person is killed.

    • Holte Ender

      December 6, 2010 at 2:39 pm

      Sounds like Chess?

  2. mbarnato

    December 6, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    All because he googled himself!