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This Week’s Dead Drop: September 22

SPY VS SPY: The New York Times  carried a lengthy story recently about the ongoing espionage efforts of the United States and China. Our Reader’s Digest summary: there’s a lot of spying going on. Of course, The Times doesn’t reveal its sources and methods, but it looked to us like someone was bragging to reporters Julian Barnes and Edward Wong about ‘some’ of what the U.S. Intel Community has learned about the Chinese reaction to the American reaction to Chinese espionage.  Confused yet? Sources also told the reporters that Chinese President Xi Jinping was infuriated at his own generals on learning that Beijing’s spy balloon had ‘drifted’ over the US. We don’t suspect he was unhappy about the spying – but the timing proved to be [...]

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