- Sep 18, 2009
Since I'm in a rush, I'll reply this: this is as "groundless" as your claiming it's "just a violation of Chinese laws (not censoring content)", or the Chinese government claiming the same. Since Google hasn't denied any of these reports, nor would it want to come out openly accusing the government of this (risking its operations), it won't give you your "hard evidence" to build a "well grounded report". However sources, analysts, and researchers who are deep into the field and who want to remain anonymous served as sources for these media reports, which come from reputed media houses. Hence I'm inclined to believe Google isn't stupid enough to leave China just because it's not willing to censor. It also tells you that something is a lot more fishy than just a case of not obeying the law. Google is a leading internet firm that operates in the majority of the connected world. When something like this happens you're inclined to take Google at face value.First, all of your arguement is based on the hypothesis that these hackings to Gmail did exist and came from China, which have not been proved yet, but i am not going to rebut that.
Second, hacking into Google's mail service is not part of Chinese censorship. On the contrary, such behavior is illegal in China and will be punished by law if be reported.
Third, which is also the most important one, before Google provide evidence showing Chinese government is involved in these hackings, it is an irresponsible behavior to make accusation that Chinese govenment is related to these mysterious hackings.
Since there is not further statement from Google on this issue, shouldn't they just shut up?
Do you think it is appropriate for media to come out with such a groundless report?
And do you think it is appropriate to take such report as evidence?