Revelations of U.S. operations to monitor phone conversations, text messages and Internet data around the globe already have shocked Americans and Europeans.
Now the Chinese are voicing their aggravation at being found in the crosshairs of National Security Agency goals for obtaining information.
According to China’s People Daily news site, the communist nation’s Internet Media Research Center released a report Monday saying the U.S. has taken advantage of its “political, military and technological hegemony to spy without restraint.”
The American operations have gone “far beyond the legal rationale of ‘anti-terrorism’ and have exposed the ugly face of its pursuit of self-interest in complete disregard for moral integrity,” People’s Daily said.
The U.S. has “flagrantly infringed international laws, seriously impinged on human rights and put global cyber security under threat,” the report said.
Among the subjects of the report was the NSA’s PRISM spying program, which was exposed by former agency contractor Edward Snowden before he fled to Russia.
The Chinese report said investigators confirmed snooping activities had targeted Chinese government operations, leaders, companies, researchers and even ordinary cell-phone users.
WND reported months ago when Wired revealed that among the Chinese business targets for American spies was the communications technology firm Huawei.
The company makes products for Internet traffic access, management and facilitation. The U.S. has been concerned about Huawei’s access to back doors or other secret channels to American information through its products.
WND also reported one year ago Huawei allegedly was involved in an attempt to sell embargoed U.S. telecommunications technology to Iran.
Citing details revealed in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin, the report said an Iranian partner of Huawei, Soda Gostar Persian Vista, allegedly tried in 2011 to sell embargoed American antenna equipment to the Iranian firm MTN Irancell, but the transaction never was completed.
Huawei at the time was under congressional scrutiny, along with another Chinese company, ZTE, for alleged espionage of U.S. telecommunications systems.
It wasn’t the first time these Chinese companies were used as a conduit to obtain embargoed U.S. technology, according to sources.
ZTE allegedly had agreed to sell U.S. computer equipment worth millions of dollars to Telecommunication Co. of Iran, or TCI.
And the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence at one point released a 52-page report along with a classified annex raising concerns about Huawei and ZTE’s expansion into the U.S. market.
The concerns are that the companies, with their Chinese government ties, could spy and disrupt telecommunications systems that already incorporate Huawei and ZTE technology.
Despite efforts by the Chinese companies to persuade the committee that it was not engaged in espionage, the House committee report said that “neither company was willing to provide sufficient evidence to ameliorate the committee’s concerns.”
The congressional statement followed revelations by WND from intelligence sources that the two Chinese companies had developed a covert capability to remotely access communications technology sold to the U.S. and other Western countries and could “disable a country’s telecommunications infrastructure before a military engagement.”
Reported then was that the companies, acting on behalf of the Chinese government, also had the ability to exploit networks “to enable China to continue to steal technology and trade secrets.”
The new People Daily report said the U.S. magazine Foreign Policy reported in June last year that an “Office of Tailored Access Operations,” created in 1997 under the NSA, had successfully penetrated Chinese computer and telecommunications systems.
The Chinese report said even computer games and social networking were monitored.
In the U.S., the NSA spying has prompted a number of lawsuits, including one handled by attorney Larry Klayman in which a judge ruled the spy operations could be unconstitutional.
It was District Judge Richard Leon who enjoined the government from collecting data from hundreds of millions of Americans.
Klayman, a former Justice Department prosecutor, said it’s important for the sake of the American people and the plaintiffs to resolve the case as soon as possible.
“Even one day more of these Orwellian violations of our constitutional rights is too much, as this illegal surveillance is a means for the government to coerce and enslave the populace into submission to the rule of establishment politicians of both political parties,” he said.
“For any one who challenges the authority of this ruling class is subject to being destroyed with the government’s use of the most private of information. Thus, the stakes are high and we intend to win this battle for all Americans.”