As we have written previously, the Tibetan-American man who has been tormented by cyberstalking and threats of violence for his alleged role in attacking Jin Jing in the Paris Olympic Torch relay, has turned out to be a victim of mistaken identity.
One person who played an instrumental role in publishing that man’s name, address, and even maps of his house’s location, is the blogger named Roland Soong, aka “ESWN”. Another blogger, Tom Legg in Hong Kong, has written that in the past few days, Roland Soong has “erased his role in the stalking of an American Tibetan from the internet.”
Now Catherine and I are here to say that we, too witnessed Roland Soong’s article in which he published the name and contact details of that falsely accused man, consequent to which that man received threatening messages and widespread calls for his death among angered Chinese nationalists on the internet.
Roland, if you later delete that information (as you ought to), it is not going to go down any Orwellian “memory hole.” If ever necessary, my sworn testimony and Catherine’s will corraborate Tom’s, that you did indeed publish that man’s personal information. Personally I view this as prima facie evidence of a crime of incitement to violence, or perhaps even incitement to murder. But of course that would be up to America’s FBI to decide; I’m not stating any expert legal opinion here.
Meanwhile, as we’ve written, there remains troubling evidence indicating that the attack on Jin Jing might have been staged by China’s government. Granted, the evidence is not conclusive. But neither has it been refuted; this is not to mention the aggravating evidentiary condition of the PRC’s deservedly low level of credibility. And unless and until the currently reasonable evidence (no matter how inconclusive) indicating a possible Chinese-sponsored PR stunt is refuted, questions will remain open concerning what role, if any, was played by China’s Lenovo corporation – the sponsors of the torch – and/or by their American public relations agents, Ketchum in Beijing. What, if anything, did they know, or should have known, about any such staged event or its consequences which now include incitement to death threats against an innocent American citizen? As the owners of and public relations agents for the torch, they would be at the top of the list of “persons of interest” to investigate, if not as criminal suspects then at least as sources of evidence regarding the perpetrators.
Of course, don’t expect the Chinese government to cooperate in any such investigation. Nor should you expect much cooperation with the FBI from anyone – including any US citizen – who lives in China and serves the PR interests of Lenovo’s torch, as Jin Jing does as well. At this point, any American citizen in that position could probably be said to have been swallowed by the dragon, and digested by it too.
UPDATE: As of now, the personal information about the innocent Tibetan-American is still on Roland’s site. Thanks to Danwei for pointing that out. This fact, of course, renders Roland all the more contemptible.