Snowden’s Leak Made China Worry About Oracle and IBM
Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed in June that he had passed top-secret documents to The Washington Post and the Guardian, which detailed classified U.S. surveillance programs — including PRISM, which gave the NSA access to vast amounts of Internet data from large tech and social media companies. Snowden also asserted that the agency had hacked into a critical network of infrastructure at universities in China and Hong Kong.
When the NSA conducted an internal review of the damage his revelation caused, it focused on the possibility that he had access to sensitive files that that outlined operations against Chinese leaders and other critical targets. “We’re deeply concerned,” an unnamed senior U.S. intelligence official, who was not authorized to speak on the record, told The Washington Post. “The more that this gets made public, the more capability we lose.”
Not only that, but the revelation gave China more political capital. The country has been repeatedly accused by the United States of hacking, and far stricter regulations exist for the purchase of technology equipment manufactured by Chinese companies for three important federal agencies — NASA and the departments of Justice and Commerce. Snowden’s allegations have given Beijing the opportunity to point a finger at the United States for hypocrisy.