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2012年 2月 14日
记者: 海涛 | 华盛顿
美国国会众议员罗尔巴克尔(Rep. Dana Rohrabacher)主张，应对美国行政当局处理王立军事件的方式展开调查。
设在华盛顿的网站《美国自由灯塔》上周末发表资深媒体人比尔.戈茨（Bill Gertz）的长篇文章，题目是：国会要对被搞糟的王立军投诚案展开调查(Congress to investigate botched Chinese defection)。
其中一名官员说，王立军掌握的中国高层权力斗争的情况极其珍贵，涉及政 治局常委周永康还有薄熙来这些强硬派如何想整垮习近平，不让他顺利接班。中国国家副主席习近平本星期抵达美国展开为期四天的访 问。
意大利专栏作家希斯奇(Francesco Sisci)星期二在网络刊物亚洲时代(Asiatimes)发表文章说，王立军显然是到使馆寻求避难的，但是，美国有规定，驻外使馆不得给予这种帮助， 需要申请避难者必须到美国本土来申请。
德国之声针对戈茨的文章发出报道，援引香港媒体人金钟的话说，如果王立军真的向美国领事馆要求政治庇护并遭到美方拒绝，那么美国当然是从"国家的 整体利益方面来考虑的"，担心给予王立军政治庇护会引起中国方面的强烈反应，影响中美正常关系。但是，王立军至少达到了一个目的：借助美国的参与 来增加其个人的安全度。"
HOUSE PROBES BOTCHED DEFECTION IN CHINA
HOUSE COMMITTEE SEEKS CABLES, MEMOS ON POLICE CHIEF WHO SOUGHT ASYLUM BUT WAS REJECTED BY WHITE HOUSE
BY: Bill Gertz - February 15, 2012 5:00 am
The House Foreign Affairs Committee is investigating whether the U.S. government mishandled a request for asylum from a senior Chinese Communist Party official who was turned away from a U.S. consulate after spending a night at the diplomatic post in southern China.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R., Fla.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, disclosed the staff investigation in a letter sent Friday to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The probe followed a report in the Washington Free Beacon that the attempted defection of Chongqing Deputy Mayor Wang Lijun, a senior crime investigator, was mishandled last week, resulting in the loss of a potential inside source on China's secretive communist leadership circle.
Ros-Lehtinen stated in the letter that reports indicated Wang traveled to the Chengdu consulate on Monday Feb. 6 wearing a disguise.
She said Wang might have been denied asylum by the United States after Chinese authorities learned of the attempted defection and police and security forces surrounded the consulate.
"Wang's current whereabouts are unknown," she stated. "These reports raise questions about whether Mr. Wang sought asylum protection from the United States and, if so, what steps were taken to secure U.S. national interests and Mr. Wang's personal safety."
The chairman requested that the State Department turn over to the committee by Feb. 17 copies of all cables, memoranda, "Official/Informal" classified emails, and other communications between Consulate Chengdu, Embassy Beijing, and the State Department.
She also called for a briefing on the incident and for the department to provide "China-specific written guidelines for handling walk-in asylum seekers at overseas U.S. diplomatic facilities."
Ros-Lehtinen said the department should respond quickly to "this time-sensitive matter of concern."
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland declined to comment when asked about the House probe. Nuland earlier did not comment when asked if the White House intervened to block Wang's defection, but dismissed reports from the region that said U.S. Ambassador to Beijing Gary Locke tried to grant the Chinese official refuge at the consulate but was overruled by the White House.
A White House National Security Council spokesman referred questions to the State Department.
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) said the Obama administration has a poor record of helping defectors and others who are seeking U.S. help.
"It doesn't surprise me," Wolf said in an interview. "This administration doesn't want defectors. They don't want to do anything to create a problem with China."
Wolf said he plans to contact Ros-Lehtinen to assist the investigation.
The international drama in Chengdu exposed serious fissures among top Communist Party leaders and included allegations of corruption against Bo Xilai, the top Communist official in Chongqing. Bo is a neo-Maoist hardliner seeking a seat on the ruling nine-member Politburo Standing Committee, China's collective dictatorship headed by President Hu Jintao.
According to U.S. officials and reports from the region, the drama began sometime last week when a disguised Wang slipped out of his residence in Chongqing and traveled by car to Chengdu. Prior to reaching the consulate he called and asked for an appointment and was allowed in to the facility.
He arrived around 10:00 p.m. local time Feb. 6 and stayed inside the consulate through the night.
During his stay, he briefed U.S. officials, including Consul General Peter Haymond and two other consular officials.
A source familiar with Wang's debriefing said it contained details of corruption and links to organized crime by his boss, Bo Xilai, as well as details about Chinese police repression of dissent.
During the overnight stay, Haymond contacted Ambassador Locke at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, and Locke contacted senior State Department officials in Washington with the recommendation that Wang be protected and allowed to stay in the consulate.
However, the White House overruled Locke over concerns that harboring a senior Communist Party official inside the consulate would upset U.S.-China relations days before the arrival in the United States of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, who has been designated as the next Chinese supreme leader. The leadership changeover is expected to happen this fall.
A senior U.S. official said that after the rejection of asylum, Locke contacted senior Chinese leaders in Beijing who agreed to dispatch a Ministry of State Security (MSS) official to Chengdu who could escort Wang from the consulate without his being arrested or taken by local security forces.
As the senior MSS official escorted Wang from the compound, he got into a heated argument with a senior Chongqing government official who tried to gain custody of Wang.
Wang was then taken to Beijing to make his case against Bo Xilai.
Officials said that Zhou Yongkang, China's most senior security official and a member of the Politburo Standing Committee, has taken charge of Chongqing from Bo Xilai. However, Zhou has not allowed Beijing security authorities to further investigate or arrest Bo.
Former State Department official John Tkacik, who has dealt with walk-in Chinese while posted at diplomatic outposts in China, told the Free Beacon he welcomed the House committee's investigation, saying the panel has a legitimate oversight role in ensuring that the State Department handles defections professionally, diplomatically, and humanely.
He also said the State Department should deal with such cases "in a way that will result in the maximum benefit to the United States, particularly in the exploitation of an intelligence asset."
Tkacik noted the administration of President George H.W. Bush in 1989 granted high-risk asylum to Chinese dissident Fang Lizhi and his family inside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing for 13 months.
"I think the actual details and mechanics of the Wang Lijun case should be handled by the Intelligence Committees in, of course, very, very closed session," he said. "But the [House Foreign Affairs Committee] does have a responsibility for ensuring that the State people are adequately trained to handle these situations."
CHINA PROBES POLICE OFFICIAL AFTER OBAMA ADMINISTRATION REJECTED ASYLUM REQUEST
CONGRESSMAN PLEDGES INVESTIGATION, SEES PATTERN OF OBAMA ADMINISTRATION FAILING TO AID U.S. ALLIES
BY: Bill Gertz - February 10, 2012 5:00 am
The Obama administration rebuffed a senior Chinese police official in southern China who sought to defect, turning him away after his presence became known to Chinese security forces.
An administration official familiar with China affairs said the botched defection of Wang Lijun, a vice mayor and chief crime investigator in Chongqing, was mishandled not only by local American officials in China but also by White House and State Department officials in Washington unwilling to upset China by granting Wang refuge in the consulate.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R., Calif.) chairman of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on oversight and investigations, said in an interview last night that the administration's handling of the Wang case is something the subcommittee will investigate.
"There seems to be repetitive examples of people trying to help the United States who end up suffering," Rohrabacher said, noting Pakistan's prosecution of a Pakistani doctor who helped U.S. intelligence locate and kill al Qaeda leader Osama bin Ladin.
In the case of Wang, it appears "the State Department is either clueless or duplicitious regarding the very nature of the gangster regime in Beijing."
The official said Wang's defection would have provided a windfall for U.S. intelligence agencies that currently lack insight into the secretive world of Chinese leadership politics.
The attempted defection of Wang played out amid international intrigue involving what officials say is a major power struggle within the senior ranks of the outwardly placid Chinese Communist Party.
The struggle pits a hardline nationalist faction headed by Wang's boss, regional Party Secretary Bo Xilai, and central authorities in Beijing, led by current President Hu Jintao.
Bo Xilai / AP
Two U.S. officials said Wang supplied the consulate with information related to corruption within the highest ranks of the Party, including information about Bo.
Bo is the son of a founding communist revolutionary who is a hardline anti-American, neo-Maoist leader and is seeking a seat on the nine-member collective dictatorship that rules China. The officials cautioned that details of the attempted defection and power struggle are murky.
The seriousness of the power struggle, however, was highlighted by reports that the Party's highest ranking security official, Politburo Standing Committee member Zhou Yongkang, traveled to Chongqing to deal with the scandal.
Zhou Yongkang / AP
The presence of Zhou, considered by U.S. intelligence analysts to be a contender to head the country when China changes leaders later this year, is fueling speculation that arrests of either Bo or Wang are imminent.
The scandal comes days before China's designated successor to Hu, Vice President Xi Jinping, will visit Washington for meetings with senior Obama administration officials. Xi arrives Feb. 14 and is scheduled to meet Vice President Joseph Biden and also will travel to the Pentagon.
Xi Jinping / AP
"Wang possessed invaluable knowledge of the current Chinese power struggle, and the efforts of the hardliners like Zhou Yongkang and Bo Xilai to upset the smooth succession of Xi Jinping. Now we don't know as Xi Jinping arrives next week what is going on at the top," one official said.
China's state-run news agency Xinhua reported Thursday that Wang is under investigation after entering the U.S. consulate and then leaving a day later. It gave no other details.
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said on Wednesday that Wang requested a meeting with consulate officials in his capacity as deputy mayor of Chongqing.
"The meeting was scheduled. Our folks met with him. He did visit the consulate, and he later left the consulate of his own volition," she said. "We don't talk about issues having to do with refugee status or asylum, et cetera."
Asked Thursday if Wang sought to defect, Nuland said her earlier comments are "all I have at the moment."
According to the officials, Wang traveled to Chengdu from Chongqing on Monday and was wearing a disguise when he went inside the consulate.
Some time during the visit, Chinese police and security forces surrounded the consulate and at that point U.S. officials realized that authorities had discovered Wang's presence.
John J. Tkacik, a former State Department official once based in Guangzhou who had dealt with attempted defectors, said in an interview that the long duration of Wang's visit is an indication he probably was going to defect.
"This really is extraordinary, assuming Wang did stay the night at the consulate," he said. "I would guess Wang actually did ask for asylum, and that the Consulate immediately messaged Washington and the Embassy for instructions . . . not pausing to think that there was no way to exfiltrate the poor man once he'd been identified by Chinese intelligence which has the Consulate under intense surveillance, 24-7."
Tkacik said he is surprised Chinese security forces did not act in a more forceful and visible manner to Wang's presence. "But that probably means they moved openly only after their eavesdropping discovered Wang's intentions."
Tkacik said U.S. overseas missions generally cannot give any kind of asylum to nationals of the country they are in.
An exception was the case of noted Chinese dissident Fang Lizhi, who sought refuge in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and remained for 13 months until Chinese authorities allowed him to leave the country.
Officials said Wang's case was different: Because of his access to secrets and information relating to senior Chinese leaders, authorities would never allow him out of the country.
"I suspect that Wang did offer U.S. consular officials valuable information and, given his high rank in the Chinese police and his long-time career countering crime gangs in both Manchuria and in Chongqing (which was China's wartime capital of Chungking), the information he proffered was probably on Chinese government connections with Chinese organized crime, and specifically the so-called 'Triad' organizations," Tkacik speculated.
The overnight stay "suggests that the consulate took all night Monday transcribing the take and cabling it to Washington," he said. "But it seems pretty clear that Chinese intelligence quickly figured out what was going on."
Richard Baungan, a spokesman at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing declined to comment on whether Wang provided information about Chinese leaders, citing a policy of not disclosing the contents of diplomatic discussions.
An intelligence operation to secretly spirit Wang out of the country would be very difficult, Tkacik said. "Even if the U.S. had wanted to get Wang out, it is highly unlikely that any kind of exfiltration operation would either have been approved, and less likely that it would have been successful—regardless of whether a senior Chinese leader like Xi Jinping was planning a visit to the US or not."
Wang was a long-time protégé of Bo and has led the police campaign against organized crime in Chongqing province.
A former Chinese official in Chongqing told Reuters that Wang's fall from power will likely impact Bo's chances to advance within the senior Party leadership.
"Their ties were like fish and water. Wang has been a close follower of Bo, important in implementing his will," said the former official. "It's hard to see what really lies behind all this. But it will be a serious problem for Bo Xilai. At the very least, it looks bad."
According to an open letter purportedly from Wang that was obtained by the Chinese language dissident website Boxun, Wang wrote that, "when you all read this letter, I may well no longer be alive or have lost freedom."
The letter, published Wednesday and obtained by the website from one of Wang's friends, stated that Bo Xilai was "the biggest mafia boss" in Chongqing and accused the regional Party chief of being "cold and ruthless" in seeking power.
The news outlet said the letter was dated Feb. 3—three days before Wang visited the consulate.
The letter could not be authenticated, but it has gone viral on China's Internet, which boasts over 500 million users.
"I don't want to see Bo Xilai, the biggest hypocrite within the Party, to keep his show going on," the letter stated. "If the country is ruled by such an evil person [as Bo], it will be most unfortunate to China's future and will be this nation's disaster."
Bill Gertz is the senior editor of the Washington Free Beacon. firstname.lastname@example.org
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