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13 Sep, 3 tweets, 1 min read
The AFR, The Australian and the ABC are all running the same story about a Chinese company’s database leak. The former two are describing it as an exclusive (but not ABC, as first tweeted). This stuff is particularly funny when they’ve all clearly been briefed by the same people.
Incredible stuff from an intelligence officer
The Chinese government is waging its intelligence efforts but effectively buying cultural hegemony through Hollywood, meanwhile Western spies are seriously saying things like “The Chinese mind... is like the web of a spider”.

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