Latest Issue

Huawei, hacking, and the stench of western hypocrisy

The UK and US are as guilty of spying as anyone

Blowing the whistle: Edward Snowden. Photo: Oliver Cole/Shutterstock

An Edinburgh-based company engaged in an innovative wave-energy project was the target of a mysterious break-in in 2011. Stolen from its office were laptops containing details of a prototype named Pelamis.

The break-in took place two months after a visit to the company by a 60-strong delegation led by China’s then vice-premier. It was not an opportunistic theft. Burglars scaled a perimeter fence, broke through the front door and went straight to the Pelamis office. Four years later a near-perfect copy…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect