Australian writer detained in Beijing, as suspected former Chinese spy22 October 2020
Reuters, Sydney :
Yang Hengjun, an Australian writer detained in Beijing and facing trial for espionage on behalf of a country China hasn't publicly named was a former Chinese spy, according to a confidential letter he wrote to a supporter in 2011.
In the detailed letter he wrote to his former teacher, which was reviewed by Reuters, Yang revealed he had worked for China's Ministry of State Security for a decade from 1989, including in Hong Kong and Washington, before moving to Australia.
The 55-year-old, who became a well-known pro-democracy blogger, faces 10 years or more in jail after Chinese authorities charged him with endangering national security by joining or accepting a mission from the unidentified espionage organisation, said Feng Chongyi, the Sydney-based liberal scholar who Yang sent the letter to.