When state secrets are the rule – Frank Ching

From the South China Morning Post, via Asia :

The mainland’s definition of a “state secret” is so wide and vague that it could be applied to almost anything. Any information that has not been published in the state-controlled press is considered secret.

Ching’s trial was closed to prevent the release of any “state secrets”. The even generated state secrets of its own: the text of the guilty verdict was not released — evidently because it, too, is a state secret. (But that text has appeared, mysteriously, on the ).

If the government is right and Ching did sell state secrets to Taiwan, then what is the point of keeping everything secret? The only still being kept in the dark are the public. [Full text]

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