Benjamin CarlsonJuly 26, 2013 13:59
HONG KONG — While much about Bo Xilai’s upcoming trial remains hazy, one thing at least is clear: Beijing is intent on controlling every aspect of its presentation.
First came the leaks, timed closely in Hong Kong and Western media. Earlier this week, the South China Morning Post, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times all published stories citing anonymous sources saying Bo would soon be charged after more than a year in detention.
Shortly thereafter, the state-run news agency Xinhua confirmed the accounts, stating that Bo was being charged with bribery, embezzlement, and abuse of power.