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Clinton urges Beijing to investigate Google hack, publish findings

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 21 Jan 2010 11:11 User comments (4)

Clinton urges Beijing to investigate Google hack, publish findings U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged Beijing to investigate the sophisticated hack of Google services during a wide-ranging speech about Internet freedoms and rights. Clinton brought up the issue of some governments attempt to erect "electronic walls" to block access to information to their Internet users. "Countries that restrict free access to information or violate the basic rights of Internet users risk walling themselves off from the progress of the next century." she said.
She acknowledged that China and the U.S. had differing opinions on the matter, and said they would,"address those differences candidly and consistently." Clinton named China, Tunisia, Uzbekistan, Egypt and Vietnam as countries where there has recently been a spike in the threats to the "free flow of information". "They have expunged words, names and phrases from search engine results," Clinton said. "They have violated the privacy of citizens who engage in nonviolent political speech."

Earlier on Thursday, a Chinese government official insisted that the Google hack issue should not effect relations between the United States and China. "The Google case should not be linked with relations between the two governments and countries; otherwise, it's an over-interpretation," the Xinhua News Agency reported Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei as saying.

After making several comments about the potential economic impact to countries that engage in blocking political or commercial speech, Clinton then specifically mentioned the Google situation. "We look to Chinese authorities to conduct a thorough review of the cyber intrusions that led Google to make its announcement," she said, referring to Google's threat to leave China.

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4 user comments

121.1.2010 15:44
fgamer
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They should leave China.

221.1.2010 20:23
llongtheD
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Yep, I'm sure China will get right on this now that Hillary said so. I guess she doesn't realize it was the Chinese government that authorized and organized the intrusion.
Who knows, I guess it could have just been some lone hacker trying to score brownie points with them.

322.1.2010 4:41

They should give this a goo and see wat happens if nothing happens they should just leave china. However they need to figure out a compromise.

422.1.2010 7:22

Quote:
"Countries that restrict free access to information or violate the basic rights of Internet users risk walling themselves off from the progress of the next century."
Will she still be standing behind her words when Telecoms Package has been approved and some sites become unaccessible to us europeans?

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