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Sen. Sasse: WH 'Declining to Tell the Truth About China' Spying

By    |   Monday, 27 Jul 2015 09:21 PM

The White House is making a dangerous "strategic mistake" by not publicly blaming China for the massive hack of data on 22 million government workers – and for "amassing one of the largest spying databases in history," Sen. Ben Sasse charges.

In a commentary in USA Today, the Nebraska Republican argues by "declining to tell the truth about China, we abandon a core tenet of cyber deterrence theory: public attribution."

"The administration’s first — and flimsiest — justification for staying silent is that attributing the attacks to China could force us to reveal our own intelligence sources and methods," Sasse writes. "This is wrong. Telling the truth about China doesn’t disclose our own capabilities. We’re not taking China to court. We don’t have to publicly file the intelligence and analysis that informs our judgments."

Instead, he argues, the nation could do as it did with the North Korean hack of Sony Entertainment Pictures.

"We simply said we had our reasons for concluding Pyongyang was the culprit and that it wasn't ambiguous."

"The administration's second, more concerning, justification for not publicly blaming the Chinese is that doing so could force the United States into taking some type of retributive action, sparking a rapid escalation between Washington and Beijing and possibly starting an online shooting war," Sasse writes.

"Cyber threats keep our defense and intelligence leaders up at night because no aspect of daily life is immune to attack, and the administration’s decision not to attribute the OPM hack to the Chinese suggests that we’re not operating from a position of strength."

If the White House is “silent out of duress," Sasse concludes, "it underscores the essential point that we’ve got a lot more to worry about than just the loss of social security numbers and ruined credit scores. Our national security is at stake."

The lawmaker has previously suggested the breach reveals a bigger national security concern, telling The Hill that he's "worried that foreign actors who have nefarious goals in this space know that we're asleep at the switch."

"There are a lot of bad actors out there thinking about cyber in ways that seem well ahead of where this government is," he told The Hill.

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The White House is making a dangerous "strategic mistake" by not publicly blaming China for the massive hack of data on 22 million government workers – and for "amassing one of the largest spying databases in history," Sen. Ben Sasse charges.
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