Cops Pursue Whistleblower in China Sex Scandal

Zhu Ruifeng released sex tape that led to official's ouster
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jan 28, 2013 2:01 PM CST
In this Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012 file, a Chinese man stands near a screen displaying the Chinese national flag.   (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

(Newser) – A Chinese blogger thought he was safe after releasing an incriminating video of a party leader—but last night, police arrived at his house. Zhu Ruifeng dialed a reporter: "They are standing outside my door right now, knocking and even kicking the door, telling me to open it," he said. "I think they’re coming to take me away ... I talked to too many in the media." After two hours, he agreed to visit a nearby police station in the morning, the Washington Post reports.

Zhu made headlines when he unveiled a video, taken five years ago, of a local leader having sex with a young mistress; Zhu later said he had other sex tapes involving officials. The local boss was fired, and on Friday, the government announced 10 more officials were being sacked. Questions remain over whether the government is really cracking down on corruption, or just making a show of it, the Post notes, adding that police pursuit of Zhu could silence whistleblowers just as they seem to be gaining traction. (Read more Zhu Ruifeng stories.)

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