Re: "intriguing convergence of criminal activity and espionage"
I'd say the "hot war" is back and you're behind the times...
when you analyse the world, you see that the failed Ukraine color revolution team have now moved to Hong Kong!
From The Guardian: Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters in fresh stand-off with police Photo: Media mogul Jimmy Lai wearing goggles appears outside the government headquarters to join a protest in Hong Kong on Sunday..
but what's this in June about the Paul Wolfowitz meeting?
The Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the HKSAR — discussing media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying’s meeting with a former US official — said it opposed foreign forces interfering in Hong Kong’s affairs.
A special edition of Eastweek showed Lai… meeting Paul Wolfowitz, a former US deputy secretary of defense in George W. Bush’s administration…on Lai’s private yacht for five hours in late May…
The paparazzi of Eastweek also captured Mark Simon, a Taiwan-based commercial director of Next Media Group, walking with Wolfowitz at Sai Kung pier where Lai’s yacht was docked. Before relocating to Hong Kong in 1992, Simon had spent three years working in the Pentagon as a submarine analyst…
Eastweek also said the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and its two subsidiaries had been offering training and funding to organizations in Hong Kong. The report alleged that NED is controlled by US intelligence agencies. http://www.chinadailyasia.com/hknews/2014-06/20/content_15142785.html
so yes, lets complain about Russia, but this week's story is about a part of another BRICS nation that is spontaneously revolting, and I liked Hong Kong very much - just don't use snipers this time?
I still think this thread "intriguing convergence of criminal activity and espionage" is relevant in a technology journal like the Register as we now have an engaged online sock-puppet debate, which is very technological.