China's Cartoon Crackdown
On Sept. 25, just two days before pro-democracy protests began in Hong Kong, the Wen Wei Po, Hong Kong's most prominent pro-Beijing newspaper ran a column purporting to expose the "three channels" by which the Central Intelligence Agency had infiltrated Hong Kong university campuses. It was a well-timed, if a bit off-the-wall conspiracy theory designed to undermine the student movement that has since taken over large swathes of Hong Kong. Indeed, in a related article published the same day, the paper went so far as to suggest that "U.S. forces" had recruited 17-year-old protest leader Joshua Wong while he was still in junior high school.
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