What’s the point of doing all that stuff? That just confuses everything.”
In the end, though, he decided to do it anyway, and after nearly 2½ years of research and a lot of “dumb luck,” he ended up with a story that he was happy to tell.
“It’s a story of a guy who makes fun of the media in an extremely unprofessional way,” he says. “I think I can speak on behalf of a lot of the people who think I don’t respect the media. That’s a problem for a long time.”
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The Obama administration this week sent a stern warning to China in its battle against cyber espionage.
During a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns said that if Chinese hackers were to “use any methods to gain access to U.S. data, they should expect a severe response.”
The threat is similar to one delivered by the outgoing administration nearly a year ago, just before Congress imposed new sanctions on China.
President Barack Obama was widely criticized for not publicly declaring that Russia was behind the break-in to the Democratic National Committee and other election-related emails, just five days before the 2016 presidential election.
This week, however, he did make clear that he believes it was Russian hackers.
A senior administration official said the Obama administration was “very clear” that “We have an open investigation into these events and we are also looking into how these hackers penetrated U.S. institutions.”
The official also stressed that Russian officials remain at large and not only in the country.
“We’ve heard reports that there has been Russian involvement in the Ukraine and now in this matter,” the official said.
Burns said it was “an appropriate message to Russia but also to nations around the world, that the United States would respond strongly if people in the Russian government are trying to do any kind of harm of any kind to the United States.”
He said Chinese officials can use “every tool possible” to stop “Russian hackers” and that this does not “involve any kind of back and forth.”
The State Department has also issued a stern warning to Taiwan which is ruled by China.
“A strong, united Taiwan stands a good chance of survival” if its “citizens are allowed a free vote on independence,” said