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The CIA Pulled Spies from Beijing after OPM Breach

The CIA Pulled Spies from Beijing after OPM Breach

by Samburaj DasOctober 2, 2015

A number of CIA officers were taken out of Beijing as a precautionary measure and a direct consequence of the massive data breach involving the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) earlier this year.

The Central Intelligence Agency evacuated officers from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China after the data breach involving tens of millions of federal employees’ and contractors’ personal details earlier this year, the Washington Post reports.

According to government officials, no employee records from the CIA were among the OPM breach. However, that hasn’t deterred the CIA from pulling “a number of officers” from Beijing, specifically because their names weren’t included in the breached State Department personnel files believed to be in the hands of state-sponsored Chinese cyberespionage operatives.

The breached OPM records contained background checks of State Department employees which, U.S. officials believe that the Chinese could have potentially cross-referenced with employee records of personnel in the U.S. embassy in Beijing.


The U.S. Embassy in Beijing

Essentially, the pulling of CIA employees from China was a move to ensure the safety of officers; U.S. officials told the Washington Post on the condition of anonymity.

The revelation was made when senior intelligence and defense officials tried to explain their mode of operations and means to keep foreign operatives from launching cyberespionage operations, to a committee of “frustrated lawmakers.”

Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr tried to make a distinction between the OPM breach and cyberattacks targeting U.S. industries and enterprise.

The OPM breach, “as egregious as it was,” was not an attack, Clapper said.

“Rather, it would be a form of theft or espionage,” he stated, before adding,

We, too, practice cyberespionage and. . . we’re not bad at it.

He spoke about any sanctions put forth to China for its cyberespionage operations when the U.S. itself does so, would be unwise.

I think it’s a good idea to at least think about the old saw about people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw rocks.

Former Republican Presidential nominee and now Senator John McCain, the committee’s chairman responded sharply.

So it’s okay for them to steal our secrets that are most important because we live in a glass house? That is astounding.

To which Clapper clarified his thoughts in the matter by saying:

I’m just saying that both nations (U.S. and China) engage in this.

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  • Jim Brown

    You’ve just got to love this !!!
    OUR spies are mearly “CIA employees”…. just humbly doing their job.
    (in the US embassy that is supposed to be entirely neutral)
    But THEIR SPIES are EVIL Cyber-Espionage Agents.
    OMG !!!!

    Actually, they are packing-up and getting the hell out
    before O’Bomber declares World War 3 against China.
    They just want a plausible excuse for leaving.

    Hmmmm, or maybe they’re planning a false-flag event and
    they are going to blow-up the embassy and blame
    it on the Chinese to start WW3. Yeah, that’s it, I like that one.

    There won’t be anyone in the building, but the “news” will
    say that 300 US citizens were killed in the bombing.
    THIS MEANS WAR !!!!!
    (and lots of money and power for
    the “Zionist Bankers” (google it)
    that are calling all the shots.)

  • Yun Zeng

    2012, China’s cyber attack on the
    United States became to be more and more obviously.

    The United States can’t use cyber
    attack reach to China’s nuclear reactors.

    But China can use cyber attack
    reach to some of the American nuclear reactors, because of Chinese communist
    party (CP) moles.

    In the beginning of this century
    just after September 11, 2001, Chinese cyber experts sneaked into the target
    was the Pentagon. That’s much difficult than sneaked into the Office of
    Personnel Management, this year 2015. Not Chinese cyber experts are smarter
    than American cyber experts. Chinese cyber experts got help from Chinese CP

    Therefore, in the beginning of
    2003, I set “human domain stem cell – eurekainla” website, and in “eurekainla
    home” I used the title “Respond” expressed that there are Chinese CP moles
    hiding inside the cyber net of the United States.

    I was opposite that use American
    cyber attack against Chinese cyber attack if don’t count the nuclear issue.
    Marxism is the deeply root of the terrorism. Action to against Marxism is the
    most important thing need to do for the peace of the world.