As promised, Glenn Greenwald has received more leaks from whistleblowers. The latest is that president Obama has issued a directive ordering his agencies to draw up a list of targets for cyberattacks all over the globe. You can see the leaked presidential directive here.
The directive’s publication comes as the president plans to confront his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at a summit in California on Friday over alleged Chinese attacks on western targets.
Even before the publication of the directive, Beijing had hit back against US criticism, with a senior official claiming to have “mountains of data” on American cyber-attacks he claimed were every bit as serious as those China was accused of having carried out against the US.
Provided anonymity to speak critically about classified practices, the source said: “We hack everyone everywhere. We like to make a distinction between us and the others. But we are in almost every country in the world.”
The US likes to haul China before the international court of public opinion for “doing what we do every day”, the source added.
It looks like the Obama administration’s war on whistleblowers is not only failing to deter them, they are being emboldened to leak more, making public its hypocrisy.