Former cyber-security adviser to White House accuses China of systematically stealing trade secrets; detractors say he's just trying to sell his book on the subject.
THE man who once advised the White House on cyber security has accused the Chinese government of condoning and probably helping to fund the stealing of trade secrets and research from other countries.
This startling assertion, which could invite a sharp response from China, has divided experts in the field. Some accuse Richard A Clarke of deliberate sensationalism while others say there could be some truth in his allegations.
Mr Clarke, who is currently chairman of corporate risk management firm Good Harbor Consulting, resigned in 2003 after 30 years in the US government.
Notably, he spent 11 years in the White House holding posts including special adviser to the president for cyber security and national coordinator for security and counterterrorism.
During a stopover in Singapore last week to speak at an Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) seminar, Mr Clarke said: 'There is evidence that the government of China is complicit in systematic international industrial espionage on a very large scale.'