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U.S. caught at its own game

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At a May 19 news conference, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announces a grand jury has charged five Chinese hackers with economic espionage and trade-secret theft.

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At a May 19 news conference, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announces a grand jury has charged five Chinese hackers with economic espionage and trade-secret theft.

I agree with Allan Levine's contention that the U.S. is naive for complaining about Chinese cyber-espionage (Spy vs. spy, May 23).

The U.S. is being caught at its own game and is now hoisted on its own petard. It lamely attempts to distinguish its actions from those of others by contending its intelligence program is focused on national security.

This may very well be the case, but it won't convince anyone it is ignoring economic and commercial aspects of its massive intelligence sweep of cyberspace.

The revelation the U.S. was gathering covert intelligence on its allies, enemies and even its own citizens set the stage for this type of activity by others. Consequently, it is hypocritical to be seeking indictment of others for what it is doing with impunity.

DON PALMER

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 30, 2014 A10

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