Case against NYT researcher hinges on internal memo – Straits Times

From the Straits Times, via Asia Media:

A copy of an internal New York Times memo is all Beijing can use to indict a detained Chinese researcher, according to a confidential document of the Chinese State Security Ministry.

Researcher Zhao Yan has been held for over a year on suspicion of revealing state secrets to the American daily.

State security agents obtained a copy of the memo as part of an investigation to uncover the source of a Times article predicting the retirement of China’s former president Jiang Zemin, people familiar with the probe said.

Mr Zhao wrote the memo in July last year. It described a possible leadership dispute over military promotions.

It is unclear how the agents got hold of it. The Times’ foreign editor Susan Chira said the paper did not give the government a copy of the memo…

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