Australia: Former 610 Office Agent Exposes Chinese Communist Party's Persecution of Falun Gong
(Clearwisdom.net) After diplomat Chen Yonglin from the Chinese Consulate in Sydney walked away from the Consulate and claimed that he would not support the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) suppression against Falun Gong, on June 7, 2005, Mr. Hao Fengjun, former agent of Tianjin 610 Office and National Security Bureau in Tianjin voiced his support of Chen Yonglin in Melbourne. He exposed inside stories of the CCP's brutal persecution of Falun Gong with first-hand materials. The cruel means used by the CCP in persecuting Falun Gong will become widely known.
On June 8, Australian Associated Press (AAP) published an article entitled, "Second Defector Backs Spy Claims." The article pointed out that a second Chinese defector has come forward to back claims by a diplomat seeking asylum in Australia that China has spies operating here. "They send out businessmen and students to overseas countries as spies," he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's (ABC) Lateline program on the evening of June 7.
According to ABC news on June 8, Mr. Hao, 32, used to work for the Chinese security services, but in February, while he was in Australia as a tourist, he also applied for political asylum. He is in Australia on a bridging visa.
"If I go back to China there's no doubt the Communist Government will certainly persecute me," he told ABC TV's Lateline program from Melbourne.
"They know I have confidential information, some of it top secret, and I'll be severely punished."
Mr. Hao said that he lived and worked in Tianjin, China's third largest city, in the local branch of the security service known as the 610 Office, set up specifically to try to wipe out the banned Falun Gong movement.
Mr. Hao told Lateline, "Back in China I worked in the 610 Office and every day a lot of time was spent dealing with the reports that were being sent from overseas. They'd send all this intelligence information through from Australia, from North America, Canada and other countries and they reported back to the National Security Bureau and also the Public Security Bureau. They'd send back lots of information."
Hao said in the Lateline program, "In China, both the Public Security Bureau and the National Security Bureau are financed by the state. For example, in Shanghai and Beijing, every year they got 7 to 8 million yuan for the Security Bureau, and in Tianjin City it's about 250,000 yuan per year. So we use this money to pay spies to collect information overseas on Falun Gong and other dissident groups, but also information on military and business issues. They are very well supported financially. According to the ABC report, Mr. Hao supports the claim by Mr. Chen Yonglin that there could be 1,000 Chinese spies of one type or another in Australia."
"I worked in the police office in the Security Bureau and I believe that what Mr. Chen says is true." he said.
"As far as I know, they have spies in the consulate, but they also have a network - spies they've sent out."
"Like the National Security Bureau and the Public Security Bureau in China, they send out businessmen and students to overseas countries as spies."
Mr. Hao also gave a specific example of a report that came across his desk.
Mr. Hao said he started out as a career policeman in Tianjin, working the crime beat, before being transferred to the security service known as the 610 Office. It wasn't his choice and he soon decided it was work he didn't want.
He told Lateline, "(One time), I had to go to the place where they'd detained a Falun Gong follower named Sun Tee. When we got there, she had two huge black bruises on her back and two cuts on her back about 20 centimeters long. One policeman was using a half-meter length of metal bar to beat her. When I saw this, I knew I couldn't do this work."
According to a report from AFP (
The AFP report stated that Australia's handling of the Chen case is being
closely watched by the political opposition and refugee rights groups concerned
that Canberra could
place its burgeoning trade relations with China ahead of human rights.