Skip to comments.Denied Defector Faces Trial--China set to file treason charges against defector turned away by U.S.
Posted on 08/16/2012 7:07:52 PM PDT by Hojczyk
Chinas communist government is preparing to file treason charges against a former official who sought political asylum at the U.S. consulate in Chengdu but was turned away to avoid upsetting U.S.-China relations, according to U.S. officials and Chinese reports.
The former official, Wang Lijun, a Chongqing police chief and deputy mayor until his visit to the U.S. consulate Feb. 6, is expected to be charged with treason, a crime that under the communist system normally results in summary execution or life in prison.
Wang made a dramatic escape from Chongqing in February wearing a disguise, and spent the night at the U.S. consulate, as scores of Chinese security police surrounded the diplomatic outpost.
U.S. officials said Wang provided information and documents on the case of British national Neil Heywood, who was found dead in a Chongqing hotel the previous November.
The Free Beacon reported May 1 that the office of Vice President Joe Biden was behind the administrations decision to turn Wang away from the consulate, in particular Biden national security aide Antony Blinken.
Blinken, according to administration officials, overruled State and Justice Department officials who favored granting Wang political asylum and working to get him out of China.
A White House official, however, later denied that Blinken or the White House was behind the decision not to grant political asylum to the defector. President Obama was informed of the incident, but the official said he was not directly involved in the handling of the case.
Critics of the decision to reject Wang said it was based on concerns that the defection of so senior a Chinese official would upset U.S.-China relations and disrupt the visit of Vice President Xi Jinping, who is expected to be the next top leader of China.
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Dumbass....just cross the Rio Grande from Mexico into the U.S. at night, and you will be welcomed and protected (AND, given all the freebies that U.S. Citizens get, and be PROTECTED from deportation by HHS zealots)
The least we could do is offer to pay for the bullet.
Between the Pakistani doctor who aided the snuff of OBL and now this, it should pretty much dry up any new humintel from those places.
But that’s what Obozo wants under his program to drag this country into the 16th century then the New World Order.
Why didn’t they just shoot the poor man to avoid getting him tortured? I dislike what my goobermint does at times.
Dear leader has no soul.
Oh noes, we can’t upset China. If we do, they might not buy our debt and subsidize Obama’s destruction of the US economy.
Is Biden to take the blame for this in order to sanitize HRC?
There was a time when we gladly threw open our doors to those fleeing Communist repression and didn’t worry about what said Communist dictatorships thought or our relations with them.
RED CHINA is just as evil - if not moreso - as the Soviet Union was.
Is ANYTHING ever obastard’s fault?! FUBO!!!
This is not surprising. There has always been an understanding between communist leaders that they will turn back each other’s defectors.
Should have said he was gay.
You guys are acting like this guy is some kind of hero. He’s a corrupt SOB who backed the corrupt SOB and his wife who poisoned that Brit.
I read a detailed report on this case compared with the blind activist case recently. I think it was in Time, but am not sure. At any rate, this guy had a reputation that was rather questionable—dirty deals, graft, corruption, etc. and links or some connection with the woman who is currently on trial for killing the foreign businessman. Her family is in trouble for getting too big for their britches, the old Greek hubris, and he was in some way connected.
The story on the blind activist was completely different and also sympathetic. I think that the Embassy probably made the right call in each case.
I wonder how many American lives that decision will cost us because of the intel we just flushed down the toilet?
Land of the free and the home of the brave?
Thanks for positing this.
Although Lijun appears to be a bad apple, his intel would have been welcome, and he could have entered a land of opportunity only slightly less corrupt in its leadership.
Liberals are hypocrites. They say they are against the death penaty, but hand someone over that they know will be at least put to death, probably tortured too.
Since the Fraud was in such a hurry to send the Russian spies home.....
Does Simas Kudirka come to anyone else’s mind?
Obama helping out his Chinese comrades.
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