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Chinese government officials are constantly wiretapping and spying on one another
Washington Post ^ | February 19, 2013 | Max Fisher

Posted on 02/21/2013 6:50:36 PM PST by Seizethecarp

A few months after a rising star in the Chinese Communist Party named Bo Xilai fell spectacularly from the nation’s top political ranks to disgrace and imprisonment, the New York Times reported that one of his crimes — perhaps his greatest — was wiretapping the president. But just as shocking as the revelation that Bo had planted electronic devices to spy on President Hu Jintao was the suggestion, of which there have since been several, that such behavior may be widespread among China’s top leaders.

A sweeping story by the Chinese outlet Southern People Weekly chronicles the life and work of Qi Hong, a specialist in removing surveillance equipment who might do dozens of freelance jobs for government officials every week.

Chinese officials have taken to hugging one another at every meeting — not a traditional Chinese practice — to pat down one another for bugs, Qi says that a government official from Shanxi province told him.

The culture of no-holds-barred spying that seems to have pervaded Chinese officialdom might also inform why some of those same officials have seemed so aggressive about spying on others — including foreigners. The Chinese government famously spies on its citizens in vast numbers. And it is suspected of widespread spying on foreign news organizations that cover the country, a possible campaign that may have included the recent hacking attacks on several major U.S. news organizations.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: china; spying; wiretapping

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