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Watch live: Rethinking commercial cyber espionage

Join Passcode and the Atlantic Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative for a discussion on new ideas on commercial cyber espionage and intellectual property theft on Wednesday, June 29 from 4 to 5:30 pm.

The United States is nearly alone in professing that states should not spy for the private sector's commercial benefit. As Gen. Michael Hayden (Ret.), former Director of National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency, puts it: "I've conducted espionage. I went after state secrets and I actually think we're pretty good at it. Where I object is where you have state power being used against private enterprise for commercial purposes." Instead, the United States has strongly promoted innovation and intellectual property, publicly berating or punishing countries that engage in the systematic theft of technology, trade secrets, and proprietary information.

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