Cina; Piazza Tienanmen, Harry Wu: Freeman inopportuno al NIC

Harry Wu, fondatore e direttore esecutivo della Laogai Research Foundation di Washington, ha scritto una lettera al Presidente Obama chiedendo di riconsiderare la nomina di Charles Freeman come presidente del Consiglio dell’Intelligence nazionale USA a causa delle sue dichiarazioni circa la dimostrazione di Piazza Tienanmen del 1989.  Charles Freeman si e’ lasciato scappare che le autorita’ cinesi nel 1989 avrebbero dovuto intervenire prima nella repressione della protesta di piazza Tiananmen.

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Today, Harry Wu, founder and Executive Director of the Laogai Research Foundation, sent a letter to President Obama asking him to reconsider the nomination of Chas Freeman as chairman of the National Intelligence Council, owing to his vocal support of the Chinese communist regime and his position on the board of CNOOC. The complete text of the letter appears below.

March 10, 2009

The Honorable Barack H. Obama
The President
The White House
Washington DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

I am writing to register my deep disappointment and concern over the nomination of Charles W. Freeman to chair the National Intelligence Council.

Surely, the chairman of the NIC will need to exercise astute judgment about the ongoing social and political developments in China and elsewhere in order to effectively assess the threats posed to United States interests throughout the world going forward. Unfortunately, however, Mr. Freeman has made a number of disturbing remarks in the past which indicate that he does not view the peaceful expansion of democracy and political liberty overseas to be in the best interests of the United States.

Most notably, Mr. Freeman has publicly lamented that the Chinese government did not act sooner to quash the peaceful pro-democracy demonstrations that originated in Tiananmen Square in 1989 and spread to cities throughout China, describing the protests as merely the “propaganda” of dissidents. More recently, Mr. Freeman has gravely mischaracterized what began as peaceful demonstrations by Tibetan monks in March of last year and ended with the brutal crackdown by Chinese security forces as “race riots.” Over 200 people were killed during that crackdown, and more than 1,000 are still unaccounted for today. Mr. Freeman has even authored a piece praising Mao Zedong, who was responsible for the deaths of millions of his own citizens during his reign.

Moreover, given Mr. Freeman’s position on the board of the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), of which China’s communist government is a majority stakeholder, it seems clear that Mr. Freeman has vested interests in promoting the Chinese regime’s economic interests, which are frequently at odds with the security and political interests of the United States. Indeed, CNOOC’s operations are widely seen as vital to enhancing China’s regional power and diplomatic leverage.

It is my opinion that Mr. Freeman’s close relationship with Chinese government entities and his history of supporting the repressive Chinese regime will critically undermine his ability to serve as the chairman of the NIC. I hope you will reconsider appointing Mr. Freeman to this important post.


Harry Wu
Executive Director

posted on march 10 on Laogai Reserach Foundation washington website


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