Jin Yinan, Chinese General, Spy Talk Leaked Onto YouTube
First Posted: 8/29/11 07:37 AM ET Updated: 8/29/11 07:37 AM ET
BEIJING (AP) — Footage of a Chinese general discussing sensitive spying
cases has been leaked onto video sharing site YouTube, in what appears to be an
embarrassing failure of secrecy for the usually tightlipped military.
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It wasn’t clear when or where Maj. Gen. Jin Yinan made the comments and
China’s Defense Ministry did not immediately respond Monday to faxed questions
about the video. Calls to the National Defense University where Jin is a
lecturer rang unanswered.
While some of the cases had been announced before, few details had been
released, while others involving the military had been entirely secret.
Among those Jin discussed was that of former Ambassador to South Korea Li
Bin, who was sentenced to seven years for corruption. Jin said Li had actually
been discovered passing secrets to South Korea that compromised China’s position
in North Korean nuclear disarmament talks, but the allegations were too
embarrassing to make public and graft charges were brought instead.
“In all the world, what nation’s ambassador serves as another country’s spy?"
Similar treatment was handed out to the former head of China’s nuclear power
program, Kang Rixin, who was sentenced to life in prison last November on
charges of corruption. Jin said Kang had in fact peddled secrets about China’s
civilian nuclear program to a foreign nation that he did not identify, but that
was considered too sensitive to bring up in court.
Kang, a member of the ruling Communist Party’s powerful Central Committee as
well as its disciplinary arm, was one of the highest-ranking officials ever to
be involved in spying, Jin said. His arrest dealt a major shock to the party
leadership, Jin said.
“The party center was extremely nervous. They ordered top-to-bottom
inspections and spared no individual," he said.
Jin also talked about Tong Daning, an official from China’s social security
fund, who was executed in 2006 after being convicted on charges of spying for
rival Taiwan. Jin said Tong had passed information to the island’s leaders about
China’s currency regime, allowing them to avoid massive losses due to exchange
Among the cases involving military personnel, Jin said that of Col. Xu
Junping, who defected to the United States in 2000, did not involve the loss of
any technical secrets.
Instead, Xu relayed to the Americans his knowledge of the military
leaderships’ personalities, attitudes and habits gleaned from many years
accompanying the top brass on trips abroad, Jin said.
The video was also posted on Chinese websites, and while it was removed from
most locations, screen shots, audio files and transcripts of Jin’s comments
could still be found on sites such as Sina Weibo’s popular microblogging
Jin’s presentation, complete with explanatory slides, was typical of how such
cases are discussed at private sessions as a warning to Communist Party cadres
not to be lured into espionage or corruption. The leaked video appeared to have
been from an official recording rather than filmed by a member of the
Authorities heavily police the Chinese Internet but can only remove
objectionable content after it is posted and have no control over what appears
While Chinese are enthusiastic users of social media, YouTube and Facebook
are blocked inside China and their Chinese equivalents are required to inspect
all content and remove politically sensitive material before being ordered to do