China Steps Up Disinformation
Effort Against Dissident
Guo Wengui denies Chongqing police allegations of document
Guo Wengui / Getty Images
在中国对郭的众多指控中，包括金融腐败指控和强奸员工的指控。北京还利用国际刑警组织(international police organization Interpol)的一名中国高级官员发出了对郭文贵的“红色通缉令”——这是一种国际通缉令，这是独裁者对异见人士使用的惯用伎俩。
中国也已经使用了所谓的五毛水军 – 数以百计的互联网怪物，他们在社交媒体上盯上了郭。
《纽约时报》(New York Times)上周报道称，艾略特?布罗迪(Elliott Broidy)曾试图迫使郭文贵被驱逐到中东，并最终回到中国。他在本月辞去了共和党全国委员会(Republican National Committee)副财政主席的职务。
April 26, 2018 5:00 am
BY: Bill Gertz
this week intensified a months-long disinformation campaign aimed at silencing
exiled Chinese tycoon Guo Wengui.
The latest allegations
against the billionaire real-estate developer were leveled by police in the
southwestern megacity of Chongqing asserting Guo paid two men to forge 30
internal Communist Party documents.
The two men, brothers
Chen Zhiyu and Chen Zhiheng, were arrested and in a videotaped statements
released by authorities alleged that they produced 30 documents.
security officials took the unusual step of holding a press conference with
both Chinese and foreign news reporters and released three allegedly forged
documents during the highly publicized event on Monday.
The remaining 27
documents were not made public, raising questions that the documents are
China has been known
in the past to use similar press conferences and videotaped confessions for
disinformation—the use of false and misleading information to discredit
opponents. Authorities also use torture and coercion to force confessions.
On Tuesday, Guo, who
describes himself as a Chinese-insider-turned-whistleblower, denied China’s
claims. In a statement, Guo said he provided the party documents to the Chens
in seeking to verify their authenticity.
“As for the
contents of my whistleblowing, I take legal responsibility for its
truthfulness,” he said.
A report by a
congressional China commission made public last year said Guo has been the
target of an unprecedented smear campaign by the Chinese government in a bid to
state-run media called him a ‘criminal suspect’ and launched an international
publicity campaign, including releasing a videotaped confession by a former
senior intelligence official accusing Mr. Guo of corruption and uploading
videos to YouTube on a channel called ‘Truth about Guo Wengui,’ to discredit
him,” the report said.
campaign has included China’s dispatch of four Chinese security officials to New
York in October to pressure Guo into returning to China. FBI agents were
prepared to arrest the officials but were blocked from doing so by the State
Department over concerns it would upset U.S.-China relations.
Among China’s numerous
allegations against Guo have included questionable claims of financial
corruption and rape of an employee. Beijing also used a senior Chinese national
working at the international police organization Interpol to issue a “red
notice”—an international arrest warrant that is a frequent tactic used by
dictatorships against dissidents.
Xiao Qiang, professor
at the School of Information, University of California, Berkeley, told the
commission last year the Chinese operation against Guo is “unusually
“I have never seen
something like this,” Xiao said. “Look at what the Chinese government
is doing. Interpol. Chinese lawsuits against him. The diplomatic, talking to
bilaterals of different countries. Domestically, massive articles, media
China also is has used
its so-called 50 Cent Army—hundreds of Internet trolls—who have targeted Guo on
operations also have been used to silence Guo from Facebook, Twitter, and
YouTube by asserting his posts have violated rules.
The Voice of America
also canceled a scheduled three-hour live interview with Guo in April 2017
after an hour and 20 minutes, amid protests from the Chinese embassy in
China also conducted a
hacking operation against Guo’s lawyer and the Hudson Institute think tank.
Despite the campaign,
Guo has garnered enormous support from Chinese within China and abroad.
In December, a senior
Justice Department official said there are no plans to extradite Guo despite
the Chinese pressure.
The New York Times
reported last week that Elliott Broidy, who resigned this month as deputy
finance chairman of the Republican National Committee, worked on a plan to
force Guo’s deportation to the Middle East and eventually back to China.
Since early 2017, Guo
has been an outspoken critic of corruption among China’s senior leadership,
including current Chinese vice president Wang Qishan, who until recently was in
charge of a nationwide anticorruption campaign under current supreme leader Xi
Guo was once a
confident of Ma Jian, vice minister for State Security who ran Chinese
intelligence operations in the United States for over a decade. Ma was
imprisoned as part of the anticorruption campaign that many regard as cover for
power consolidation by Xi.
Using his access to
senior Chinese intelligence and security officials and continuing ties to
elements within the system, Guo has said he obtained documents from inside the
Communist Party of China.
Guo also said the
video recording of the Chen brothers made public by Chongqing police and
implicating Guo in the alleged forgeries was selectively edited.
“The entire tape
shows that the Chen brothers were helping me to verify those documents by
answering my questions,” Guo said. “Comparing the two recordings
reveals that Chongqing fabricated evidence.”
Guo said both Chens
hold Canadian passports and recently disappeared from Singapore.
“All signs show
that they were likely kidnapped and taken by force into the mainland
China,” he said.
“I have provided
a great deal of documents in my possession to the U.S. law enforcement,”
Guo said. “Some of which I released have been authenticated by the U.S.
One of the documents
Chinese authorities say was forged is an internal party report Guo made public
at the National Press Club in October. The document said China had dispatched
27 intelligence officers to spy in the United States.
Two others that
Chinese authorities claim are forgeries were published by the Free Beacon.
One revealed how China
was covertly supporting North Korea in the aftermath of United Nations.
A second document
disclosed China’s plans to step up the theft of American science and technology
The three documents
could not be independently verified by the Free Beacon.
China experts who have
translated and published Chinese internal documents in the past said the
documents appeared genuine but that authenticating them is difficult.
According to a
recording of a conversation made public by Guo, one of the Chen brothers told
Guo that a Chinese official identified only as “the commissioner” had
verified the authenticity of the documents.
Guo also told Chen,
according to an English translation of the conversation, that “I need to
make sure that it is authentic because the information I will communicate with
F department [FBI] must be authentic.”
“This is very
vital,” Guo said. “They may fabricate fake stuff, are we going to do
the same? Why are we not doing so? We need to be responsible for whatever we
present, this is a must, otherwise our enemy will take advantage of it.”
According to the
state-run Xinhua news agency, Guo is a one of China’s most wanted fugitives and
worked with the Chens since August 2017.
claims, which also involved other organizations, enterprises, and individuals,
brought extremely negative impact, and such behavior of the three suspects
severely violated the law,” the police said, noting that the investigation
said the documents were intended to assist Guo’s bid for political asylum.
However, Guo applied
for political asylum in early September, a month after the Chinese said he
worked with the Chens.
also alleged that Guo made campaign contributions to members of Congress and
former officials, Financial Times reported. No details were made public.
Guo said the claims
are false and a fabrication by the Chinese government.
Arthur Waldron, a
noted China specialist, said the Chinese operation in Chongqing appeared to be
“Guo has definitely
got the goods,” said Waldron. “Otherwise China would not be in panic
“If the documents
are forged then they have nothing to worry about,” he added. “After
all they have all the original documents and could have checked long ago
whether those he claimed were in fact real. Did they? They must have.”
Waldron noted that
Chinese authorities have not asserted all the documents are forged, only a few.
“China wants to
discredit Guo because what he will disclose is really going to hurt,” he
said. “I hope we have the sense to keep him safe.”
Said Victor H. Mair, a
China expert at the University of Pennsylvania: “While one may have
reservations about Guo Wengui and some of his claims, the timing and contents
of the story about him commissioning two brothers in Chongqing to forge
documents concerning his U.S. asylum application, together with a flood of
other unsubstantiated allegations that are simultaneously being hurled at him,
reek of [Chinese Communist Party] concoction.”