It was probably expected that, like the recent Afghanistan war and Iraq war dumps on Wikileaks, the newest release of U.S. diplomatic cable transfers would no doubt contain a lot of stuff everyone knew already, but that at least a few of the confirmations would include amusing details and at least some connections would come as a surprise… like the stuff about China.
For instance, everybody knows China has strong ties to North Korea, but did you realize that North Korea was using Beijing’s Capitol Airport to ship out missile parts to Iran?
In fact, a surprising amount of the cables released from the embassy in Beijing so far are about Iran. Despite the airport snafu, most of the cables showed that, at least on paper, the Chinese government was very insistent that Iran not develop nuclear weapons, with Premier Wen urged Iranian First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi to talk to the U.S. Nice, but then again, hardly a leak.
The most eyebrow-raising reveal therefore goes to an allegation about the Google incident from earlier this year, where the company cited hacking concerns as a reason to pull out of the mainland market and stop censoring searches. Apparently, the logs reveal:
How the hacker attacks which forced Google to quit China in January were orchestrated by a senior member of the Politburo who typed his own name into the global version of the search engine and found articles criticising him personally.
Ha ha! Hilarious. Unfortunately, this bit of news can’t be confirmed through what they’ve released on Wikileaks so far and was apparently told to the U.S. by a “contact” anyhow, making it about as solid as a Page Six blind item. Still, it sure makes you wonder who the oversensitive official was.
Even with the lack of severity of the leaks pertaining to China, China’s officials have allegedly already told domestic media to stop reporting on it.