China rejects Google snoop claims
Hot blame potato goes to and fro
The Chinese government has rejected claims that it is responsible for problems with Gmail in recent weeks.
Yesterday Google denied there was a technical reason for the recent problems with Gmail, instead blamed the Chinese government for snooping.
Some Gmail users were unable to log onto their accounts, or having done so could not download messages.
Conspiracy theorists claimed the problems at Gmail are part of a wider clampdown by the Chinese government in reaction to recent protests in north Africa and the Middle East.
But a Chinese government spokesman told the BBC: "This is an unacceptable accusation."
Google moved operations to Hong Kong following a row over censorship in early 2010.
But the company's chief financial officer recently promised - Google's eventual return to China. ®
It is almost like China just clinched their fingers into a fist and said "Damn you Google! Damn you!" but never really said no we didn't do that. In fact by not denying it I say that's as good as confirmed.
We're doing it, but don't you dare complain
"This is an unacceptable accusation"
Anyone else notice that this isn't exactly a denial?
They didn't really deny it...
Calling it an unacceptable accusation is not really denying it, is it?