China calls Snowden’s stealth jet hack accusations ‘groundless’

January 19, 2015 5:14 PM

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BEIJING (Reuters) – China dismissed accusations it stole F-35 stealth fighter plans as groundless on Monday, after documents leaked by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden on a cyber attack were published by a German magazine.

The Pentagon has previously acknowledged that hackers had targeted sensitive data for defence programs such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, but stopped short of publicly blaming China for the F-35 breach.

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