A group of “supervisors” has been set up to monitor the WeChat accounts of soldiers’ wives in an attempt to ensure that they don’t give away any “secrets”, the People’s Liberation Army said.
Around 50 women married to soldiers in a brigade of the 20th Group Army established a group chat to exchange advice on how to take care of their husbands, the PLA Daily said.
The seemingly innocuous conversations would include exchanges such as, “‘I heard they will set out on Monday for a military drill. I think it’d better to prepare cotton trousers and a sweater for him’” and “In a couple of weeks time the peacekeeping force will be set up. What will you prepare for your husbands?”
According to the site, random members of the public began joining the group, and fearing that the strangers would be given access to “sensitive information” (will the soldiers’ wives be sending them off with boxers or briefs?) commanders of the brigade set up a task force to eavesdrop on the conversations.
People’s Daily said that the commanders had appointed a soldier’s wife to help manage the online talks, while SCMP said the supervisors were usually wives of Communist Party Officials.
One of the members, surnamed Xiao, had posted a photo of herself posing with her her husband in uniform and was told to take it down.
“My husband told me that I had violated confidentiality rules and made me delete all his uniform pictures,” she said.