As China ratcheted up the pressure on Google to censor its Internet searches last year, the American Embassy sent a secret cable to Washington detailing one reason top Chinese leaders had become so obsessed with the Internet search company: they were Googling themselves....
...That cable from American diplomats was one of many made public by WikiLeaks that portray China’s leadership as nearly obsessed with the threat posed by the Internet to their grip on power — and, the reverse, by the opportunities it offered them, through hacking, to obtain secrets stored in computers of its rivals, especially the United States.
Extensive hacking operations suspected of originating in China, including one leveled at Google, are a central theme in the cables. The operations began earlier and were aimed at a wider array of American government and military data than generally known, including on the computers of United States diplomats involved in climate change talks with China.
They mentioned a lot about China's concern about Google's mapping technology. I had always wondered why that point had never been raised much in the past. I'd always found Google's maps of areas like Shanghai to be off. GPS coordinates never seemed to match the actual map; Street addresses were often way off the mark; The satellite view didn't match the map view. I thought Google was already complying with them on that.