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2008/07/30

The Secret is (Half) Out the Bag

In yet another glaring example of the inept security in Beijing, a Korean reporter was able to get a camera into the Bird's Nest to record last night's rehearsal and the video spread like wildfire on the net, until it met its demise. All Chinese video sites took it down and it was even taken off of Youtube, no doubt after the government called them up and threatened another block of the site.

I'm one of the biggest cheerleaders for China there is, but one has to wonder about a country where those taking part or with access to information about the Opening Ceremony were sworn to secrecy and could face up to 7 years in jail if they reveal any of the secrets. Typically, state secrets involve issues of the utmost national security, while the Olympics are an important event, at the end of the day, they are still a frivolous sporting event and nobody is going to remember the Opening Ceremony that closely in 10 months, let alone 10 years.

Why can't they be more concerned about the air, which once again is bad today?

2 comments:

Hotpoter said...

The piracy capital of the world just got its most important event bootlegged by its tiny neighbor. How ironic.

b. cheng said...

this is what I love about the story, China is complaining about somebody else using "unethical" means to record something...