The Chinese government, which had been thought for some time to have been the source of the hacking of Google’s servers, leading to Google’s departure from China, was directed by China’s Politburo, according to diplomatic cables disclosed today by Wikileaks. 

The New York Times reports the role of the Chinese government in the Google attacks.

For an overview of the the role of the Chinese government this event, and related activities, we spoke with Joseph Menn, a technology reporter for the Financial Times and author of the book Fatal System Error.

More on the Wikileaks report is up on TechCrunch.

Andy Plesser