Did Yahoo lie in case of jailed Chinese blogger Shi Tao?

Rebecca McKinnon writes,

Yahoo! executives say one thing in public, an official Chinese document says something else. Oops.

I just discovered today that the Dui Hua Foundation, which does excellent, low-key work on Chinese human rights issues, has a blog. Last week they posted a full English translation (PDF) of a document that has surfaced recently on the web: the Beijing State Security Bureau's request to Yahoo!'s Beijing office for information about the e-mail account huoyan1989@yahoo.com.cn. That's the account used by Chinese journalist Shi Tao, who is now doing 10 years in jail for divulging state secrets.

The folks at Dui Hua say they've examined the document and believe it to be authentic. If it is indeed authentic, this document would seem to clear up any lingering questions about whether Yahoo!'s Hong Kong office was involved in handing over Shi Tao's account information.

But it also raises new questions. Here is what the document says (emphasis added)…


Previously on BoingBoing:

  • Jailed Chinese journo Shi Tao joins lawsuit against Yahoo
  • China: government's new campaign to "cleanse" the internet
  • Yahoo aided China in torture, says dissident in lawsuit papers
  • China dissident's wife: "Yahoo betrayed my husband."
  • Jailed Chinese dissident's wife to sue Yahoo for ratting out her husband
  • Yahoo rats out Chinese reporter to Beijing, writer gets 10 years in jail
  • China: gov to expand "Great 'Net Firewall," censor web even more
  • Report: Yahoo helped jail another Chinese 'net dissident, Li Zhi
  • Journalism school won't return Yahoo's controversial $1M grant
  • Report: Yahoo implicated in 3rd China dissident case
  • Yahoo could stay in China and stop sending its users to jail
  • Harsh words for US tech firms from House at China 'net hearings
  • Report: verdict confirms Yahoo helped jail China dissident #2
  • Xeni's LAT op-ed: war, blogs, news, and profit.
  • Amnesty Int'l. confronts Yahoo over jailed Chinese reporter
  • NPR "Xeni Tech": Yahoo may have aided in jailing of second China writer
  • Tech firms blasted over China policies on Capitol Hill
  • HK lawmaker: Yahoo unit had role in Shi Tao's jailing
  • Chinese activist to Jerry Yang: You are helping to maintain an evil system