Talk about carrying your coals to Newcastle: in what may be the greatest waste of espionage assets in human history, computer spies from the People’s Republic of China have infiltrated the New York Times.
What were these inscrutable visitors from the Orient hoping to find behind the Times’ Great Firewall? Paul Krugman’s secret Keynesian multiplier formulas and cat-breeding tips? Maureen Dowd’s private cache of 1983 pop culture references? Will Shortz’s collection of 4-letter shore birds?
The reasons so far are unclear, but I’m sure Thomas Friedman will consider them brilliant.