Leaked U.S. diplomatic cables suggest that senior Chinese figures may have directed the hacking of Google earlier this year -- an incident that led the Internet company to briefly suspend its operations in China.
"The New York Times" newspaper, citing documents released by the WikiLeaks website, reports that the hacking of Google had been coordinated out of China's State Council Information Office, with the oversight of two members of the country's Communist Party Politburo.
Google, the world's top Internet search engine, closed its China-based search service in March, saying it had been the target of a sophisticated cyberattack originating in China whose targets included the e-mail accounts of Chinese human rights activists.
After making some changes to its operations, Google has since resumed its service in China.
WikiLeaks has begun releasing some 250,000 U.S. diplomatic messages that it has obtained in a move that has been condemned by U.S. officials.
compiled from agency reports