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Hayden: Obama Chased Green Legacy in China, Ignored Cybersecurity

By    |   Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 12:37 PM

While President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping came out of this week's meetings with an accord on carbon emissions, they likely didn't talk about serious matters such as cybersecurity, retired Air Force General Michael Hayden told Newsmax TV Wednesday.

"This was all teed up 18 months ago at their last meeting out in California," said Hayden, the former head of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, on "America's Forum," explaining that Obama then was going to confront Xi of the evidence the United States had.

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"Edward Snowden then accused the United States of conducting cyber operations against the Chinese, and all the air went out of the balloon," said Hayden. "I don't know if they've talked about this very much. I know (Xi) Jinping would not want to talk about it."

Further, he said that the accord announcement was worked out beforehand, and what was released was "the product of careful diplomatic work on the part of both sides. These are fairly interesting agreements that have been arrived at. No one believes they happened in the 48 hours while the president was in Beijing."

However, Hayden cheered the agreement's military component, which is aimed at keeping at-sea incidents from becoming major problems, saying it is something the United States has been seeking for a while.

"The Chief of Naval Operations, Jonathan Greenert, has been trying to talk to the Chinese about this," said Hayden. "We've had this kind of agreement back in the day with the Soviets. We called it the Incidents at Sea Agreement. What we want to do is make sure that something that happened on the high seas doesn't escalate into something that both countries will regret."

He insisted that President George W. Bush's first crisis wasn't the 9-11 attacks, but was instead the Chinese jet that rammed an American reconnaissance aircraft.

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"We capped that incident. It didn't go to a higher level; it was bad enough," said Hayden. "I've been afraid the last year or two we wouldn't be able to cap such an incident today. Therefore, this agreement is a good thing."

Hayden also discussed the ongoing fight against the Islamic State, including reports that the movement's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was wounded. However, he said he is skeptical.

"The initial reports came out of Baghdad from the Iraqi intelligence service," said Hayden. "It has all the air of rumors on the Arab streets. I'd wait a while to see if we find some evidence here."

Meanwhile, the Khorasan group is trying to broker a merger between ISIS and the al-Qaida offshoot group al Nusra, which Hayden does not believe will succeed.

"Compared to ISIS, al-Qaida looks like your grandfather's terrorist organization," said Hayden. "If we have killed Baghdadi, it actually might make a likelihood of a merger of these two groups slightly more rather than less likely. In that measure, his death could actually make some aspects of the problem worse."

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