Edward Snowden’s disclosures on U.S. surveillance operations are increasingly being seen as most helpful to the communist regime in China which operates its own program of domestic and foreign surveillance.
The impact has been both practical and rhetorical, critics say, by exposing the manner in which U.S. intelligence agencies carry out their work, including their penetration of computer networks in China, Snowden has compromised American national security.
Snowden has also handed an enormous propaganda gift to the Chinese Communist Party, critics say, by shifting the focus from Beijing’s industrial cyberespionage to the United States own surveillance operations.
Snowden’s revelations hit the media just as President Obama was flying to California to meet Communist Party leader Xi Jinping. The top item on the meetings agenda was a frank discussion about the regime’s pilfering of American corporate secrets via computer network espionage.
Such technological theft is believed to be carried out systematically and on a mammoth scale by the Chinese military and other official organs, and has resulted in the “greatest transfer of wealth in history,” according to National Security Agency chief Gen. Keith B. Alexander.
Snowden case has had the effect of creating a “moral equivalence” between the Communist Party’s cyber-activities and those of the United States, according to John Bolton, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.