Skip to comments.Neil Heywood death: how news of an Old Harrovian's murder went straight to Barack Obama
Posted on 04/22/2012 2:37:55 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Mr Obama was briefed immediately on the suspected poisoning of the 41 year-old, which Chinese officials are linking to Mr Heywoods powerful political allies, when American diplomats were told of the murder allegation.
Gu Kailai, Mr Heywoods former business partner and the wife of Bo Xilai, a senior politician who had been tipped for the highest political office, is suspected of ordering the Britons murder in a case at the centre of a political storm in China. The couple have disappeared from sight as the Communist Party attempts to regain stability.......
Mr Obama was informed of suspicions over Mr Heywoods death within hours of a Chinese police chief walking into an American consulate and telling officials that the Briton was murdered.
Security guards surrounded the consulate as diplomats sought advice from their superiors in Washington.
Mr Obama learnt that Mr Heywood was being described as a murder victim before British officials told William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, about the development.
Sources in Washington last night said that for the American president to be so quickly informed of the death of a British citizen was almost unprecedented.
This was a very high official with extraordinary intelligence, John Tkacik, who worked for the state department in China for 20 years, said of Wang Lijun, the head of Chongqing police.
In all of my experience, I cant recall its equal.
America is increasingly being drawn into the claims of murder and corruption that have rocked the Chinese establishment.......
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
The son of Gu Kailai and Bo Xilai (Bo Guagua) a student at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government is believed to be secreting laundered money from Chinese and American authorities.
The Chinese police chief, Wang, who went to the American consulate to tell them Heywood had been murdered was turned over to the Chinese state police. Some are questioning why he was not give asylum.
This is a bizarre story. Obama is clearly lined up on the side of the bad guys (quelle surprise!).
They hold his IOU’s they own him.
Why would a Chinese police chief go to the American Consulate instead of the British Consulate to report the murder of a British businessman?
And why would the Americans then turn him over to the Chinese state police?
There already is a Wiki page up on the police chief “informant” (given to the Chinese state police by the American Consulate in China).
Democratic Party corruption springs to mind — Arkansas to Chicago to D.C. and beyond. Your post is fitting.
I think Obama, in addition to being inept and running an inept government that lets us end up owing the ChiComs on a national basis, is also personally very corrupt and is making a bundle off being president. I don’t think that even Billy Jeff was that corrupt.
I hadn’t paid too much attention to this before. It’s becoming clear that I made a mistake. This story is getting FAR more interesting.
I suspect he made the mistake of thinking he’d get more protection from the Americans, probably because he knew of American involvement in the whole affair. But it backfired, obviously, since the American government clearly didn’t want attention being drawn to its involvement.
Actually, I don’t think it was the US per se, but rather certain persons in the government. I read somewhere - WSJ? - that Obama personally monitored this whole situation and that it was Obama’s personal decision to put Wang back on the street.
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“Why would a Chinese police chief go to the American Consulate instead of the British Consulate to report the murder of a British businessman?”
Good question. Maybe because he didn’t trust them? Or maybe because he thought he needed a bigger player? Or maybe he thoght this was his ticket to the U.S.?
Any way you look at it, it was the biggest mistake of his life (aside from telling anyone what he knew). Had he gone to the Brits, he’d most likely be in British hands now.
Wow, excellent synopsis of the whole situation. I love Wiki! Even if they are wrong sometimes.
This article says that the son has hired his own secret security. I read several days ago (WSJ?) that he was taken into custody & being protected by U.S. agency (ICE? State Dept? can’t remember which).
Why didn’t Dubya investigate the Chinese infiltration into the Clinton Administration. Daddy was Ambassador to China. What are Romney’s connections to China? Will we finally have an administration that will stand up for America?
Many say that Neil Heywood was connected with MI6.
Some detail here: “Things That Make You Go Hmmm - Such As A Power Struggle (To The Death) Within China’s Power Elite”,
May very well be corrupt and he hates this country,note actions.
filing this one under, “Things That Make You Go, Hmmmm...”
I’ve always known that Bambi hates this country but I’m beginning to realize that he’s much more personally corrupt than I had thought.
All of the things that have been happening lately...such as the GSA and the Secret Service scandals...are much more easily understood if you remember the very accurate saying that “a fish rots from the head.”
I have to respectfully disagree. The man was a seasoned veteran of both Chinese law enforcement and the Chinese political milieu, and for him to go to the US embassy must have been a very calculated decision considering the stakes at hand were, for him, potentially life or death. Furthermore, looking at the British Government and it's actions over the last decade and a half (one instance being the circumstances in which Royal Navy sailors were captured by the Iranians a few years back, and in particular British gov response to that capture) I would say that the chances of the British whisking him away to safety must have been substantially less than that of the Americans. The man made a good call, it is just that the odds were not with him that day.
It may be said that American influence with the Chinese has waned, but it is still greater than that of any other country (and far greater than that of Britain). If the US chose not to save him the British Government would not have done any better - they may actually have given an apology on top. I'd flee to a French embassy before a British one, although with Sarkozy possibly being kicked out even that option may not work for long. The US embassy, in a Chinese situation, is possibly the only embassy in China the Chinese authorities respect.
Problem is, he had no chance of being saved by the Obama White House 7 months before the elections. They aren’t going to risk a dust-up with the Chinese, especially now.
I think he had a chance of being brought to England for further questioning, had he divulged some of his story and made the rest of it dependent upon exiting China.
Obama should have turned him over to the Brits instead of putting him back on the streets.