Communist Countries, especially China, hides facts even of Natural Calamities like Earthquake toll, are now caught in IT Newsplosion.
We, now have scandals on embezzlement sex orgies surfacing(see my blogs under China).
Liu Zhijun, the disgraced minister of railways, was found to have embezzled $152 million and juggled 18 mistresses. But he was no match for Bo Xilai, the Chongqing party chief who fell from power early this year, who was rumored to have, through his wife, funneled over a $1 billion out of the country and kept as many as 100 mistresses.
But unlike America, where a mistweeted cock shot can end a political career, for senior officials in China, sexual imprudence is almost always a coda to allegations of corruption. Only after an official’s political indiscretions are revealed do his personal indiscretions come to light.
All that changed two week ago when a five-year-old sex tape of Beibei district party secretary Lei Zhengfu, yet another corrupt Chongqing official, was released online by Zhu Ruifeng, a private investigative journalist who runs a website aimed at exposing corruption.
In the video, Lei, who looks like Jabba the Hutt’s semi-retarded cousin, flops around on top of his then 18-year-old mistress, which some media have identified as a woman named Zhao Hongxia, before dismounting and cleaning himself off. The sex tape was filmed with a hidden camera in Zhao’s purse and focuses on Lei’s bulbous undulations. It isn’t meant for anyone’s sexual enjoyment.
In fact, the recording was commissioned by a real estate developer, who paid Zhao 300 yuan ($48) to tape her bang session with Lei. The developer then used the recording as leverage to blackmail the philandering official.
At the time, Lei was defended by Wang Lijun, Bo Xilai’s venal police chief, who raided the developer’s house and found similar sex tapes implicating other high-level provincial officials. The developer was jailed for a year and each of the honey pots a month.
But with Wang Lijun in jail for 15 years after running to the U.S. consulate and blowing the whistle on Bo in February, Lei was no longer protected. In early November, a source inside the Chongqing police leaked the videos to Zhu.
Zhu says that the tapes show at least four other senior Chongqing officials doing their best Ray J. He also says he is being monitored and intimidated by Chongqing authorities, which is pretty standard when you antagonize everyone in the city with something to lose.
Surprisingly, Zhu has been offered police protection by the Beijing Public Security Bureau. The state media has also tacitly supported his efforts.
There was a mere 63-hour interval between the appearance of a micro blog with a video link and corresponding still images showing Lei Zhengfu having sex with a teenage mistress to his dismissal from his position as a district Party chief in Chongqing.
A lot happened in those dramatic hours. Lei at first denied the accusation and said the images were photoshopped, then he tried to negotiate with the source; local authorities launched a probe, confirmed the authenticity of the images and that Lei was the man in the video, then they announced his dismissal.
We have seen this before. In September, micro blog posts showing Shaanxi official Yang Dacai wearing multiple luxury watches led to a corruption probe and his downfall. In October, a blog revealed Guangdong official Cai Bin had dozens of homes, which resulted in a probe.
We cannot but be impressed by the efficiency the authorities have displayed in their response, particularly in Lei’s case. That is exactly what people want to see in the real-life struggle against corruption.
Thanks to its democratic nature and incomparable efficiency and effectiveness in disseminating information, the Internet has become a popular platform where the otherwise voiceless can speak out. Rumors about Lei’s philandering and corruption have been around for years locally, but a probe had not been launched until the sex video was posted online, which is fresh evidence of the Web’s efficacy in prompting action.
For its proven role in exposing corruption alone, the Internet is worth being embraced by the country’s corruption busters as a close ally. We have seen plenty of examples where online postings have pre-empted official discipline watchdogs and law-enforcement departments. The Internet has become a reliable last resort when people’s complaints about abuse are ignored.