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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…

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