China has denied responsibility for alleged cyber attacks in the United States appearing to target exiled tycoon Guo Wengui, who has levelled corruption allegations against senior Communist Party officials and applied for political asylum.
The Ministry of Public Security said late Saturday that it investigated and found no evidence to support allegations that China’s government was behind two reported cyber attacks.
Washington think-tank Hudson Institute was to host a public event on Tuesday with fugitive tycoon Guo Wengui, a high-profile and controversial critic of the Chinese government but it suddenly cancelled the event while US law firm was helping him with his political asylum application.
The law enforcement agency, according to a statement it provided to Caixin, also provided the U.S. government with evidence that Guo fabricated documents used to support his claims. It asked the U.S. government to investigate documents Guo released at a news conference on Thursday in Washington, D.C.
“The falsified official documents and the false information he fabricated are sensational and outrageous,” the ministry said in a rare English-language statement.
The ministry said reports of alleged hacking of the computer systems of Guo’s lawyer and Washington-based Hudson Institute came from a non-traditional mainstream media outlet in the U.S. The publication is known as the Washington Free Beacon. The ministry characterised the media outlet’s reports about China as often “totally irresponsible and groundless accusations.”
The ministry asked the U.S. government to give it information on the alleged incidents so that it could help “identify the real source of such hacking.”
The press release was issued after Chinese Minister of Public Security Guo Shengkun visited the United States this week, and just ahead of the Communist Party’s most important political event later this month.
Guo denied the documents were forged and said the Ministry of Public Security’s statement should not be believed.