After flying a surveillance plane over the South China Sea last February, the Philippine government saw how China was constructing islands in order to bolster its claim to the territory. (See above.) It even suspected that China might plan to build a military air strip to protect them. Looks like they were right.
The recent dustup over the NSA maybe monitoring German chancellor Angela Merkel's phone looks like peanuts compared to the latest Snowden-fueled revelation. It turns out, the agency has actually been spying on 35 world leaders—three five!—and encouraging other departments to shovel more contact information their way.
The latest revelation from the treasure trove of diplomatic cables being scrubbed and released by Wikileaks involves the mounting tensions between the U.S. and China over space. Cables reveal that the Chinese demonstrations of space weaponry - shooting down a satellite, for instance - were efforts to showcase the…