Was China behind cyber attack on Nobel Peace Prize website?
Tuesday's cyber attack on the Nobel Peace Prize website came less than three weeks after Norway awarded the prize to jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobao.
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Nobel Institute declines to comment on attack's source
The Norwegian Nobel Institute said it is contemplating filing charges with Oslo police authorities within the next few days, but declined to comment on experts’ speculation that the attack may have emanated from China.
“We cannot verify [the source] anyhow,” said Dag Kühle-Gotovac, Norwegian Nobel Institute head of administration. “Our main concern is all the people that were affected all around the world.”
The Norwegian National Security Authority has been briefed on the incident, but is currently only following the situation, said Kjetil Berge Veire, the authority’s spokesman.
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Ongoing diplomatic row
The incident comes in the wake of a series of diplomatic reprisals by the Chinese in response to the Norwegian Nobel Committee’s decision, including canceled high-level meetings with Norway’s fisheries minister in China. Liu Xia, the prize winner’s wife, was placed under house arrest shortly after the announcement.
Ahead of a G-20 summit in Seoul, South Korea, next month, a group of Nobel laureates issued a letter on Monday to the G-20 leaders asking for their help in securing the release of Mr. Liu and his wife.
The laureates, which included former US president Jimmy Carter and Bishop Desmond Tutu, asked the leaders to “personally impress upon Chinese President Hu Jintao that the release of Dr. Liu would not only be welcome, but is necessary."
Given the current doubt over their release, Ms. Liu has issued an open letter to 143 Chinese activists and prominent cultural figures, encouraging them to attend the Peace Prize award ceremony in Oslo.
According to Yang Jianli, a fellow democracy activist and founder of the grassroots movement Initiatives for China, Ms. Liu has invited Chinese activist Ding Zilin, Li Rui, the former secretary to revolutionary leader Mao Zedong, and film director Chen Kaige to the December 10 event, among others.