In what obviously appears to be a very embarrassing failure to secrecy, the footage of a Chinese general discussing sensitive spying cases was leaked onto the video sharing site YouTube and other Chinese video websites this week.
According to Fox News, Maj. Gen. Jin Yinan made several comments on the video detailing cases and situations of China’s security in the past. Some of the cases he mentions had been announced before while others involving the military had been completely secret.
In the company of those Jin discussed was that of former Ambassador to South Korea Li Bin. He was sentenced to seven years for corruption. In the video, Jin offers details about Li actually passing secrets to South Korea that compromised China’s position in North Korean nuclear disarmament talks. Jin talks about how the allegations were too embarrassing to make public, so they changed the allegations to graft charges.
“In the entire world, what nation’s ambassador serves as another country’s spy?” Jin said.
Another similar handling was administered to the former head of China’s nuclear power program, Kang Rixin. He was sentenced to life in prison in November 2011 on charges of corruption. Jin explained that Kang had in fact sold secrets about the country’s civilian nuclear program to a foreign nation, which the Major did not name. He went on to explain it was considered too sensitive to mention in court.
Kang’s arrest dealt a major shock to the party leadership. He was a member of the ruling Central Committee, a powerful arm of the Communist Party, and one of the top-ranking officials to ever be involved in spying.
More cases were discussed in the video, and Jin’s presentation was laid out as a private session to warn Communist Party cadres not to be tempted into corruption or espionage.
While the video has been removed for all intent and purposes, screen shots, audio files and transcripts of Jin’s comments can still be viewed on Sina Weibo.