The leak exposing nearly two million members of the CCP has provided an “unprecedented view” into the structure and method of operations of the Communist Party of China, says cyber security analyst and co-founder of Internet 2.0 Robert Potter.
“It’s not something that’s easily seen. It’s not something that becomes available every day,” Mr Potter told Sky News host Sharri Markson.
“It shows how the party has increasingly taken on a global view the way that it interacts with foreign companies, the way that it seeks to influence and engage in operations abroad,” he said.
The major leak of official records from the Chinese Communist Party comes at a time of rising tensions in the relationship between Australia and China. The leak contains a register with the details of Communist Party members, including their names, party position, birthday, national ID number and ethnicity.
Mr Potter said the leak provides a view “into the operations of an institution that you don’t always get to see”. “It does give us insight into how a rising power on planet Earth is seeking to exercise its power globally, and the degree to which it influences and permeates all degrees of Chinese society”.
Ms Markson said the leak demonstrates party branches are embedded in some of the world’s biggest companies and even inside government agencies.