The Chinese are playing dirty in the international spy game, according to current and former intelligence officials at the highest levels of government.
“This is stealing American wealth. It’s stealing American jobs. It’s stealing American competitive advantage,” General Michael Hayden, former head of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, said in an interview with NBC News.
Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., told NBC News that the Chinese have targeted every sector of the American economy.
“Everything you can possibly imagine we have seen the Chinese make a concerted effort to steal that information and use it for their own economic advantage,” he said.
That includes blueprints for the next generation of auto parts, formulas for pesticides and pharmaceuticals, and other information that makes American companies competitive in the global marketplace.
“They could know what companies we’re buying, how much. They could know where we saw our future product. They could know where we saw our profitability,” he said.
Full article: Officials say Chinese spies have targeted every sector of the U.S. economy (NBC)