Chinese Vice Governor Subject of Corruption Probe
China's Communist Party has announced a corruption probe into another ex-associate of retired senior politician Zhou Yongkang, who himself is the subject of a rumored investigation.
The party's internal graft body said Hainan vice governor Ji Wenlin is suspected of "severe violations of disciplines and laws." It gave no other details. But the charge almost always implies corruption.
Ji's resume suggests close links to the powerful Zhou. He served as his secretary and aide during Zhou's time as land resources minister and provincial head of Sichuan province in the 1990s and 2000s.
Other Zhou allies have been questioned for corruption in recent months, including ex-Vice Minister for Public Security Li Dongsheng and Jiang Jiemin, the head of a commission that regulates state-owned companies.
Several media reports have suggested that the party even may be considering corruption charges Zhou, who until late 2012 was one of the country's very top leaders.
British High Court Upholds Journalist's Detention
Britain's High Court has upheld the detention of a man stopped in London last year with classified documents leaked by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
The High Court said on Wednesday that the detention and questioning of David Miranda, partner of journalist Glenn Greenwald, was not only "legitimate, but very pressing."
Miranda was detained at Heathrow Airport last August, where his encrypted devices containing nearly 60,000 classified documents were seized. He was also questioned for nearly nine hours. Lawyers for Miranda and Greenwald had argued that the government's use of terrorism laws to justify its actions was improper and infringed on Miranda's right to freedom of expression.
Snowden passed thousands of classified documents to Greenwald to be used in articles for The Guardian newspaper. Supporters of Greenwald's case argue that Britain's actions have the potential to affect other journalist activities. The Guardian quoted Miranda's lawyer as saying the ruling "leaves little room for responsible investigative journalism which touches on national security issues."
It is not clear if Miranda can appeal Wednesday's ruling.