China has blocked access to WikiLeaks in the country only days after the whistleblowing website released thousands of new documents and cables from the US government.
In a continuation of its censorship policies, which applies to popular websites like Facebook and Twitter, citizens in China can now no longer access the WikiLeaks Cablegate page, nor a number of Chinese language pages detailing the leak.
A spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry, Hong Lei, said that the decision to block WikiLeaks was made to ensure China-U.S. Relations were not damaged, but it could just as much be about the revelation that the Chinese government was behind the Aurora attacks on Google late last year and early this year.
The leak revealed that an anonymous source informed the US Embassy in Beijing that the Chinese government was behind the attack and that it was reportedly only one of many taken by the Politburo with the aid of security experts and hackers hired by the government since 2002.
The information suggested a widespread government sponsored series of attacks on US companies and government agencies, which was what Google and others believed to be the case. Now that there is some confirmation and the information has entered the public domain, it could hinder talks between the US and China.
Google threatened to withdraw from China after the attacks if it did not ease up on its censorship of the web, particularly of its search engine results. Yet the more that is discovered, the answer is further censorship.