China detained a man who disclosed details about an investigation of former Chongqing Police Chief Wang Lijun, the state-run Chengdu Daily reported today.
The man, identified only by the surname Mao, was detained seven days for “purposely leaking secrets about national security and creating severe impact,” according to the report on the newspaper’s website.
Bloomberg first reported in February that Wang may have flown first-class to Beijing with a vice state security minister one day after meeting American diplomats at the U.S. consulate in Chengdu. A seat was purchased for Wang on a Feb. 8 flight from Chengdu to Beijing, according to a website authorized by China’s aviation regulator to show all commercial air ticket information.
An airline employee gave passenger information to Mao, who then posted details about Wang’s flight on the Internet in February, the paper reported.
Wang’s visit to the U.S. consulate in Chengdu set off the biggest political shakeup in China in a generation and led to the dismissal from the Communist Party last month of Bo Xilai, son of one of the founders of the regime and a potential candidate for a spot on China’s highest decision-making body.
Bo’s wife, Gu Kailai, received a suspended death sentence after being found guilty in August of poisoning British businessman Neil Heywood.
Wang was convicted of charges related to the cover-up of the murder and sentenced to 15 years in prison in September.