May 17, 2006

Day 85: Hao is denied access to lawyer

Filed under: Nina's blog — Rebecca MacKinnon @ 9:23 pm

On May 17 Hao’s sister Nina Wu wrote on her blog that she has received a response to her repeated appeals that Hao be granted access to a lawyer, but the news is not good:

This afternoon, I suddenly received a call from Officer Zhang, who I met last time, asking me to go to the city bureau Office of Petitions for a meeting and a response to our request to retain an attorney. It was in the same small room as last time, with the same two officers. Officer Zhang gave me the “Beijing Public Security Bureau Secrets-Related Case Attorney Request Decision Letter, Beijing PSB Inquest (2006) #1” At the top it said, “…according to the Clause 1 of Article 96 of the “Code of Criminal Procedure of the People’s Republic of China”, after review, it is decided to deny the request to retain an attorney.” Even though this response was not unexpected, I was completely at a loss. After working hard for a time, it appears that all efforts to seek legal help have reached a dead end.

Haozi has now moved from detention to living under surveillance. Due to legal regulations, living under surveillance is limited to six months. The police have promised to make a statement to the family before August. What kind of statement will it be? Finally finding a crime and beginning the administration of justice? The family can only wait passively. Can the law help groups that are so weak before the “People’s Institutions”?

Locking someone up for so long, without any explanation, and not allowing lawyers to take part. I am furious about this current plight of powerlessness. Lately, many friends have also expressed their concern. Surely, everyone is busy working for Haozi, but it is scattered across many places. Even I don’t have a “big map.” How can everyone know about each other and get organized? We can certainly find a way.

47 Comments »

  1. […] The latest news we’ve gotten from his sister Nina is that her request for a lawyer for Hao has been formally denied. He’s no longer being “detained” - instead he’s “living under surveillance”. There’s no difference in practical terms - we don’t know where he is, he can’t leave where he’s being held, and his family can’t see him or communicate with him. The government can legally keep him “under surveillance” for only six months… then again, they detained him long past the legal limit under Chinese law. […]

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  2. Denied a lawyer, how can they do that?! Doesn’t Chinese law state that people have the right to a lawyer?

    Well, Chinese law states a lot of things, and that doesn’t necessarily mean that they really work like that, I know. But still, how can they look Wu Na in the eye and just say No.

    Wu Na, I admire your perseverance and courage, I think of you and your brother, and hope you will succeed in getting him free.

    Comment by Lu — May 18, 2006 @ 6:24 pm

  3. Systematically unfair treatment against Native Americans -

    Without comment, the U.S. Supreme Court, which is dominated by Christians and whites, declined a petition filed by the Cayuga Nation of New York and the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma. The tribes sought to revive their claim to 64,000 acres in New York.

    The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals barred the tribes from seeking money damages for the stolen land. Tribes elsewhere in the nation face similar fates. Land, water, hunting and other types of claims can be easily dismissed throughout the nation now. “The US Supreme Court, in refusing to accept the Cayuga appeal, has established itself as the most anti-Indian court in the history of the United States,” said Jim Ransom, a chief of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe.

    The news is not reported by US media giants, which are owned by majority religious and ethnic owners. Under such unfair democratic system, Native Americans and other minorities continue to be traumatized, discriminated, abused and plain shot dead in the street. Their desperate crying ignored. Their grievances labeled exaggeration.

    Comment by jessica copeland — May 18, 2006 @ 11:47 pm

  4. We stand with you Hao, in spirit and heart. We won’t give up until you are freed. Stay strong, whereever you are.

    Comment by Steven — May 19, 2006 @ 1:40 am

  5. If china works as a democratic country. It would be as chaos. The term no two person work the same.
    typical chinese would want their country to become so called “free”. In a country so populated like china you need strict regulation to keep it together.
    Chinese has a longer history than most. We chinese are tired of war. We started warring when most civilazation live in cave(sarcastic). I know we all are keen to seek freedom but anyone think about how to maintain it? will anyone obey the law if it is not strict.
    Look at US they have more lawyers than any useful job because they are busy suing each other.

    Comment by Steven Chen — May 19, 2006 @ 3:19 pm

  6. A US judge dismissed a lawsuit by a man who was illegally detained and tortured by the CIA for a few years.

    The US government intervened in the civil lawsuit, claiming to prevent “exposure of US STATE SECRETS”. The government says that a lawsuit would improperly expose the US state secrets.

    That reason alone suffices the denial of justice for Khaled al-Masri. During his detention, later-proven innocent al-Masri was brutally tortured, including being sodomized, by the US secret police.

    Where is the Human Rights Watch? Where is Richard, Will, or Lisa?

    Oh, I see that is not their “job”.

    Comment by jessica copeland — May 19, 2006 @ 3:27 pm

  7. For the shallow poster who dares to quote Lu Xun, let me show you this. I repeat my warning; do not abuse Chinese names, words or sentences that you do not understand.

    野草,根本不深,花叶不美,
    然而吸取露,吸取水,
    吸取陈死人的血和肉,
    各各夺取它的生存。

    当生存时,还是将遭践踏,
    将遭删刈,
    直至于死亡而朽腐。

    但我坦然,欣然。
    我将大笑,我将歌唱。

    - 鲁迅

    Comment by jessica copeland — May 19, 2006 @ 3:46 pm

  8. Steven Chen: I see your point, but in this case, the strict law that China has now is not even followed. Even Chinese law says that people have to be charged with a crime, can’t be held more than a certain number of days, and are allowed a lawyer and a fair trial. China doesn’t need to become democratic to get Hao Wu free, if the law would be followed he would have been home months ago.

    Comment by Lu — May 20, 2006 @ 5:32 pm

  9. Jessica Copeland,

    You might want to follow your advice about not abusing names by using your real one.

    Comment by Rob — May 22, 2006 @ 8:29 am

  10. Without the rule of law, none of us can truly be secure in our life, in our freedom, and in our relationships. To say that those most vulnerable do not matter, to say that the law does not matter, means endagering our own security. The precise mechanics of a government are debatable. But the human rights, the treatment of citizens by their government, and the protection of people’s liberties and freedoms from government persecution based on a fair and impartial system of law, these should not be debatable. Hao Wu was a minority in many ways. He was gay. He was a US permanent resident with extensive contact with the West. He was a film-maker willing to explore issues that most people dared not. We must not give up. We can’t stop caring. Injustice remains a universal enemy.

    Comment by Steven — May 23, 2006 @ 12:11 am

  11. Steven,

    Do you know what “law” is? Go find the definition. The things you call laws never protect all.

    Laws in the slavery society protected only slave owner’s rights. If you were a slave, sorry, you were out of luck. You had no rights.

    There is a very good example in the US now. The new “law” only protects English. If you speak Spanish, sorry, you are out of luck. You have no rights.

    The blindly western worshiping of “laws” is a result of Christianity. In the Old Testament, Moss gave the Christians a set of laws. That is why westerners see laws as extremely important. It reflects but the radically dominating position of religion.

    Further, let’s see whether western laws are fair to all. Just go to any US jail, what do you see? Compare that to the members of any country club … … Why is that?

    I agree treatment of citizens by their government is important.

    I say the treatment of people by any government is just as important.

    The foundation of western bigotry lies in the blindness to the wholeness of the world and its all people.

    Comment by jessica copeland — May 23, 2006 @ 4:13 pm

  12. I’m glad we agree that how a government treats its people is important. I will continue to fight, speak out, and lobby for fair treatment for citizens both in the United States, and in China. Most people are not concerned with minority’s rights. I am. Hao Wu is only one person, yes. There are many others to be concerned about. But, as someone who connected with his writing, and his bravery in being different and seeing the world with an open mind, I will continue to fight for and care about him.

    Comment by Steven — May 23, 2006 @ 9:25 pm

  13. Let’s go back to the basics. Hao Wu was detained without charge and not allowed legal defense. Hao’s friends and loved ones want to see some due process. If we are wrong, then what injustices are any of us right to speak out about? Answer me Jessica.

    Comment by Concerned Friend — May 24, 2006 @ 9:57 am

  14. I don’t know whether Hao was in custody without charge. You guys should “mutes eat dumplings”. I think it is ridiculous for you to claim that he is not allowed a lawyer. You probably are misinformed. With your passion, you are willing to listen to distortions and fabrications. It seems we are only allowed to bash China. Many poor Chinese are confused. They think they have to bash China and to fake a faith in Ghod. You have not ever any negative comment about Uncle Sam. How unnatural! Are you really free?

    Comment by jessica copeland — May 24, 2006 @ 3:12 pm

  15. Good effort, Steven! But I’m afraid you’ll discover that “Jessica” is a particularly stubborn troll (see past comment threads for evidence) that the administrators have decided to tolerate despite her off-topic and paranoid rants. Your eloquence is wasted on “her.”

    Comment by :) — May 25, 2006 @ 1:53 am

  16. A lot of people have been talking about law or the lack of.

    But the posting clearly stated that they have the legal right to do it.

    “…according to the Clause 1 of Article 96 of the “Code of Criminal Procedure of the People’s Republic of China”

    My question is what does Clause 1 of Article 96 says exactly?

    Comment by mahathir_fan — May 25, 2006 @ 7:12 am

  17. Hope Hao Wu will be free soon. The world is watching and the CCP are slowly beginning to realise this. Hopefully by the olympics in 2008 they will clean up their act, or there could be quite a few protests to deal with.

    Comment by Oli G — May 25, 2006 @ 8:51 am

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    Comment by biu991 — May 25, 2006 @ 8:57 am

  19. Richard and I have been unable to post here because we were in China, and guess what? This site is blocked there. I was in net bars and hotels and was a little worried about visiting via proxy.

    I’m very disheartened to see that the last update was May 17th - I had so hoped that when I got home there would be some good news to report.

    Comment by Other Lisa — May 25, 2006 @ 9:53 pm

  20. Other Lisa,
    I can still visit this page and Nina’s MSN Space from my home Internet connection in Beijing without proxies. So, at least some people out here can still read about Hao Wu. Access seems to vary greatly with ISP and region…

    Comment by :) — May 26, 2006 @ 12:22 am

  21. :) - good to know. Thanks for the correction.

    I had an amazing trip. I still shake my head at the contradictions. I honestly think that China will be stronger when the government allows people like Hao Wu to express themselves freely.

    Comment by Other Lisa — May 26, 2006 @ 7:16 am

  22. Steven,

    Based on my experience, the American ignorance and hostility are religious. You willingly believe bashes about China while you understand about 5-year-old Chinese. Don’t you think that is a problem?

    Give your example of the “Uigyhurs”, it is outrageous for you to compare that to the US racism. It is claiming a drop of water is the sea.

    I understand there is profound segregation and hostility between Christian whites and all other minorities. These sentiments simply are not there in China. Just like your Chod, things won’t be there just because you wishfully believe they are true.

    I have listed two cases, one Native American case, the other Muslim American case; I don’t see any of your actions. I don’t hear a single sentence of sympathy from you. Why do you need to wait for me to tell you anyways? Don’t you know innocent Iraqis are suffering; with their home bombed, raided; with their children, wives, mothers, brothers killed everyday by Americans? Can you go to sleep knowing you are the cause of the mass slaughtering of innocent civilians? Do you look at your own hands stained with innocent blood?

    Democratic system does not mean freedom. Equate a political system with freedom requires a high degree of assumption, and probably religiosity. Democracy does not mean better education, proper sanitation, or health along with justice. On the contrary, democracy, and the push for it, led to wars and the yolk of misery and suffering throughout the world.

    Comment by jessica copeland — May 26, 2006 @ 12:56 pm

  23. Freehaowu.org was blocked pretty much from day one, but mirror site ethanzuckerman.com/haowu is still accessible.

    Comment by Feng 37 — May 26, 2006 @ 6:59 pm

  24. I suggest that China should not be taking a page from the Bush playbook re incarceration w/o representation.

    The ugly American

    Comment by Carl — May 27, 2006 @ 1:56 pm

  25. Other Lisa,

    How can you be so sure it is blocked? Sometimes I have a hard time accessing websites in China. Its just the network connection that has a problem. Do you get some kind of special error message telling that the website is blocked? I know google will tell you explicitly thaT the website is blocked.

    Comment by mahathir_fan — May 27, 2006 @ 4:47 pm

  26. Mahathir, see comments on this above.

    I had a very hard time with common websites this trip - yahoo (not yahoo CN) was often problematic - as you said, it varies, in my experience from location to location, IP to IP, computer to computer and day by day.

    Comment by Other Lisa — May 28, 2006 @ 2:50 am

  27. That’s the problem Jessica, I am not “bashing” China. You seem to view any criticism of the Chinese government or Chinese policy as “bashing” China. That is just not the case. You can love a family member, like a friend, and still point out they could improve themselves. While my spoken Chinese level probably is about a “five year old”, I would say my understanding of Chinese culture is a little more advanced. I’ve personally said I opposed the War with Iraq, and even protested against it, but perhaps you only hear what you want. I bring up the case of the Uigyhurs because I personally talked to some, and a few Tibetans, who claimed the Han-Chinese were treating them poorly, discriminating against them in job employment, etc. while I lived in China. Jessica, you seem to view everything through an ultra-nationalist lense. Such a perspective only divides. I see we all have faults. We all have stengths. This website is for Hao Wu. Peace.

    Comment by Steven — May 28, 2006 @ 8:19 pm

  28. Steven,

    What you have just said reflects a typical and fundamental problem of western understanding of China. The problem is that you really don’t understand China.

    You speak poor Chinese. Most of your views about China are indeed your prejudice. They are results of your propaganda against China in your home country. You don’t really understand what people are saying. You interpret things via invalid logic based on false assumptions.

    Let’s use the example of Chinese minorities.

    Do you understand, in China, if you have any relative back three generation that is related to Tibetans, Uigyhurs or other minorities, you can claim to be a minority? If you have any basic education in social science, you understand any discrimination practices are preceded by observable segregation by different groups. For example, in the US, we clearly observe black Christian churches vs. white churches, etc.

    Do you understand there is simply no racial barrier or segregation in China? The Chinese culture view the world as one, its all people as one.

    How ridiculous for you to claim the scientifically impossible by “your stubborn personal experience” with the Chinese minorities? Do you really understand what they are talking about? You don’t.

    You don’t understand the Chinese culture and its people. You build up your logic in the States rooted in racism and segregationist mentality. You are not able to understand what is going on in China.

    You are not criticizing China. You are talking nonsense.

    I find your claim of my ultra-nationalist is just as absurd. We are not a big car, big burger and big flag culture. The Chinese culture is all about self-criticism. However, your devastative errors of China are ridiculous to the degree of upsetting people.

    It is not just China; the Americans have very wrong ideas about most non-Christian foreign nations. Americans think in terms of Ghod(religion) and race.

    Check the following bbc news to learn how the contemporary Christian Americans are circling their territories now. The logic is exclusion and self-supremacist. The stupid really need a mirror to see their super images. The Christchain west way is clearly the way of division - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/5025158.stm

    Comment by jessica copeland — May 28, 2006 @ 8:53 pm

  29. Stephen, don’t waste your time with “Jessica.” We’ve all tried. It’s pointless. Anybody who insists on insulting everyone “she” disagrees with by claiming they have a ‘five year old Chinese understanding,’ which, hey, is utterly crappy English, is really not worthy of a response.

    Keep in mind that “Jessica” is associated with a university in America’s northeast (because I respect “her” privacy, I won’t name it here), and takes full advantage of her ability to speak her mind without fear, to in fact insult and abuse all of us who care about China, and more to the point, who care about Hao Wu.

    There are many places where “she” could take her grievances and opinions about America’s abuses (and I would never argue that the US has not committed horrendous abuses, particularly under the Bush administration). But no. “She” prefers to disrupt this site and insult those of us who care about this particular human being, who is a friend to some of us, who is a person worthy of admiration, respect and friendship.

    That is just sad. Pathetic, in fact. I try not to let it upset me, even though it does. Because though I care about many things, though I am disgusted by Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib and all manner of abuses committed by the government of my country, the reason I am here, on this site, is because I care about one particular person, one man who is a friend of mine, Hao Wu, who does not deserve what has happened to him.

    Comment by Other Lisa — May 29, 2006 @ 11:20 am

  30. Other Lisa,

    I speak fluently and solely in English to communicate with any people around me. I understand every talk show, and read any English newspapers without a slightest difficulty. I read western books extensively, from classic to contemporary. I can think in English. I do not need to use Chinese at all. I see through the society around me.

    Can you speak fluently and solely in Chinese to communicate with people around you? Can you understand every talk show, and read every Chinese newspaper without a slightest difficulty? Have you read a single Chinese book yet?

    Ignorant and arrogant, you earlier claimed to be a Taoist atheist. After my slightest dismissal of Christianity, you angrily cried out that all I was doing was to criticize people of faith.

    People like you do not care about China. You cannot care about something without the slightest effort and desire to understand it first. You come to China intend to change/Christianize us because you have fear. You understand nothing about us. Your advices are ridiculous and absurd.

    You see Iraq, Lisa, do you think that small nation is going anywhere close to the way you want it to be?

    Lisa, I don’t see your rosy picture of a free and open society in the States. Your views are absolutely biased. You were told you were free and open in schools and churches when you were a child. I see radical corruption and primitive brainwashing in your society. You are not free. With such a compromised mind as a result of childhood indoctrination, how dare you go around demanding other nations to work the way you see it?

    Don’t you see the result of your ignorance and hostility in Iraq?

    You are not even able to see yourself intelligently. People like you have no value.

    Comment by jessica copeland — May 29, 2006 @ 6:43 pm

  31. Valuable image: liberated Afghans thank American troops with flowers and cheers: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/5026350.stm

    Just like the western bloggers in China, notice the shameless reporter claims: “a US military vehicle *apparently* lost control”. He certainly would not say the Americans do not give a dime about the lives of Afghans. Such persistent media biases clearly have a toll on robots like Lisa.

    BTW, to say the west will fail in Iraq and Afghanistan is not defeatist. I don’t see the pro-west puppets like Hamid Karzai are viable. He fails to stand for its people, culture, or tradition.

    The coming failure and disaster are just how reality will go. It is the Tao – the complete collection of natural forces most of which are not recognized or understood by the ignorant and wishful.

    Comment by jessica copeland — May 29, 2006 @ 7:25 pm

  32. You might try learning how to spell “God.” Hint: it’s “Dog” spelled backwards.

    Comment by Other Lisa — May 30, 2006 @ 7:50 am

  33. Jesus Christ is the Santa for adults!

    There is no God!

    It is so funny to see westerners worshiping their childhood indoctrination all their lives!

    Other Lisa, why force me to spell it the way you want it? Where is my freedom of mind?

    Comment by jessica copeland — May 30, 2006 @ 3:04 pm

  34. Ghod and Freedom Reign – Gun Fight at Memorial Day Picnic

    With passionate music blasting, peaceful Christian white Americans were gathering in South Shore Park on the Lake Michigan shore. Under the sky, they prayed and thanked God and soldiers for defending their superior way of life and worshiping. The wonderful folks with big bellies and big asses were surrounded by big American flags, big burgers, big SUVs and big motorcycles. With patriotic passion running high, not surprisingly, arguments broke out. These quickly escalated into gun fights. A 31-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy died of shotgun wounds. Two people — a 23-year-old woman and a 34-year-old man — were in serious condition, and a 21-year-old man was treated and released. Let Freedom Reign! Ghod Bless the U S A!!!

    Comment by jessica copeland — May 30, 2006 @ 4:10 pm

  35. So many days and no update… I wonder how Nina is holding up. I hope things are improving, or at least that she has time to breathe. So many things take hold of my attention (Iraq, Afghanistan), but Hao Wu’s troubles are never far from my mind. This blog is a valuable resource in a time like this.

    Comment by midori — May 30, 2006 @ 10:16 pm

  36. It looks like Nina’s Chinese language blog hasn’t been updated since the 17th either.

    Scary.

    Comment by Other Lisa — May 31, 2006 @ 5:37 am

  37. Jessica: You wrote this to me…

    “I think it is ridiculous for you to claim that he is not allowed a lawyer. You probably are misinformed.'’

    If necessary, we can have the document scanned and emailed to you. We are not making it public because we’re hoping this will all be resolved soon.

    You can keep bringing up “white demons,'’ “fat asses,'’ SUVs and other issues. By the way, I’m just as disgusted as you about how many SUVs are still on the roads in the U.S., but this blog isn’t about that. For that matter, Hao had some critical views himself about gluttony in the U.S.

    This blog was set up because Hao was detained without charge, not allowed any contact with his family and denied the right to legal defense. No one, regardless of race, religion or nationality, deserves this treatment. I ask again, if Hao’s friends and loved ones are wrong to push for due process in this matter, what injustices are we allowed to make noise about? And why would you care so much more about the rights of minorities in the U.S.? Are minorities in the U.S. entitled to more rights than are Chinese citizens?

    I’m still waiting for your blogs on the flaws of U.S. foreign policy and U.S. religious fundamentalism. I’d probably support some of your views, (provided you tone down the racist sentiments). When will we see it? Or will you continue to deploy your passion about injustices in the U.S. to try to sully our hope to see Hao released? What say you, Ms. Copeland?

    Comment by Concerned friend — May 31, 2006 @ 10:24 am

  38. Who are You? Why do you care so much about Hao Wu? How come you do not care about Mumia? Why?

    Comment by jessica copeland — May 31, 2006 @ 4:27 pm

  39. “Jessica” used to have a blog, but apparently prefers the larger audience “she” can find here, trolling.

    Comment by Other Lisa — May 31, 2006 @ 7:26 pm

  40. Exactly. I have talked with many of my Chinese friends, who amazingly seem to share my point of view regarding Hao Wu. How is this Jessica? Do they have a “five year old” understanding of China? Have they been brainwashed by the big, bad USA that you are living and studying in? Amazing, since they have lived in China all their lives, are members of the CCP, and have only come to the U.S. to study several months ago, huh? I have been told by them that “Jessica Copeland” is probably a CCP internet agent, probably sent here to spread offical propoganda against anything that might reflect negatively on the CCP government, despite our non-partisan appeal for this individual’s freedom. I know all about Jessica, her college career in the US, and her blog so this is probably not true. Still, I find it hard to believe she can hold such racist, blind, and hypocritical opinions: not caring a damn about the freedom of people in her own country, while using her freedom of speech here to criticize the US. On a totally unrelated blog. Should she go to China and be just 1/5 as critical of CCP corruption she would quickly find herself in prison. Hao Wu went there for much less. Jessica, should you be in Washington DC this summer, please let me know. I find your outrageous, ridiculous Mao-era propoganda beyond belief. The only explanation I can think of is you lived in a very rural, racist part of the US, which warped your understanding of this country to the extreme. No matter the reality, I would very much like to talk in person.

    And continue to enjoy your freedom, while Hao suffers.

    Comment by Steven — May 31, 2006 @ 8:29 pm

  41. Steven,

    See, I think the “non-partisan appeal for Hao’s freedom” is inappropriate. Few people will support the cause of this website after they find out the CIA funding behind. There is no way you can tell if a Chinese friend really shares your point of view. It helps a lot, if you can find out what they are talking behind your back. You see the Yin-Yang symbol – black in white in black. The well-known Chinese saying is “speak views which the listener wants to hear”. I am glad you seem to be interested in personal discussion with me. I will let you know if I travel there. Where can I find you? I hope not in the ghettos – a joke. I shall decry Mao and his lunatic theories in front of you.

    Comment by jessica copeland — May 31, 2006 @ 9:42 pm

  42. I live close to the American University, in the northwest part of Washington DC right now, with my roommate from India. I will be here until August 1st. Kindly let me know if you’ll be visiting, I’d very much like to meet.

    Comment by Steven — June 1, 2006 @ 11:25 pm

  43. “Few people will support the cause of this website after they find out the CIA funding behind. ”

    Well, let me ask point blank to the people who run this website. Are you getting any funding from the CIA(or similar agencies) in any direct or indirect way or have you ever been involved in any CIA(or related agencies) related activities in the past or ever been contacted by the CIA?

    Comment by mahathir_fan — June 20, 2006 @ 8:33 am

  44. jessica, you bring up a lot of good points. I am wondering if you still keep your blog. I would love to visit it.

    Comment by mahathir_fan — June 21, 2006 @ 11:35 pm

  45. I am going to assume the answer is yes if I am not getting any response. Here is my question again.

    Well, let me ask point blank to the people who run this website. Are you getting any funding from the CIA(or similar agencies) in any direct or indirect way or have you ever been involved in any CIA(or related agencies) related activities in the past or ever been contacted by the CIA?

    Comment by mahathir_fan — June 23, 2006 @ 8:28 am

  46. My name is Ethan Zuckerman. I administer the Free Hao Wu site on behalf of Rebecca MacKinnon. I do not receive any funding from the CIA or other US intelligence agencies, nor have I in the past. I somehow doubt this will assuage your doubts, but you’ve asked a “point blank” question, and that’s my “point blank” answer.

    Comment by ethanz — July 6, 2006 @ 8:28 pm

  47. […] Set up soon after her little brother’s arrest by Chinese authorities, Nina’s blog has served as the centerpoint in the campaign to have Hao released. English translations of each of her posts recounted the hostility Nina received in repeated unsuccesful attempts to gain any information on her brother’s whereabouts. Frustrated and fearing how the news would affect her parents’ health, in late May she wrote that her brother had been denied access to a lawyer. […]

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