This is the decidedly low-tech parallel to the Anthony Weiner sexting scandal, and it involves Wang Xiangui (王先贵), a department chief at the taxation bureau in Guiyang, Guizhou province.
A while ago, Wang lost his Nokia cell phone, one of the early generation models that allow you to just make calls and send text messages.
As luck would have it, someone happened to find it. The good samaritan was going to return the phone to its rightful owner, but when he looked in the phone, he discovered a series of racy sext messages between the owner and a string of women.
Upon further research, he determined the identity of the phone’s owner, and decided he would instead take to his local Guiyang bulletin board and publish the content of the text messages, along with the names and mobile numbers of all the women involved.
One sext message Wang sent read, “Everytime I think of you, I can’t control myself. I’m so hard and so swollen.”
On another occasion, to another woman, “Honey. I’m accompanying some guests from the Guangdong tax bureau for dinner. Where shall we meet tonight? My hotel room or your place?”
Here’s a small sample of the text messages sent by various women to Wang:
“Morning. I dreamt that you kissed me last night. I don’t want to continue tormenting the both of us any longer.”
“Your wife is a human being and she deserves your love. And I don’t deserve your respect. ”
“I’m just a normal woman. Am I wrong to miss you? Two week ago, you still called me honey and said you would forgive me.”
After screenshots of the text messages went viral on Sina Weibo, Wang came out to deny the allegation, saying that his relationship with his wife was still going strong and that he had no time to be out finding mistresses. The text messages, he said, were part of a smear campaign designed to extort money from him.
Party disciplinary officials don’t seem too convinced and have launched an investigation.
The moral of the story? Invest in a smart phone that allows you to remotely format all data in the event that you lose it.