The case of the missing Hong Kong book publisher Lee Bo is only getting more curious, with international hacker gang Anonymous and Lee Bo himself — sort of –vying to get a word in edgewise.
Anonymous’ Hong Kong division posted a video on Facebook on Saturday, threatening to hack Chinese government and police websites in honor of Lee, presumed to have been abducted by mainland authorities last Wednesday. Watch the video below:
Following up, Anonymous then posted a message on Sunday night, claiming that the Hong Kong division was in the process of working with overseas teams on the planned attacks.
Since the disappearance of Lee and his four colleagues — believed to be disappeared as a result of their work at the Causeway Bay Bookstore, known for selling banned works critical of the Communist Party — the Hong Kong public has been in an uproar over the suspected undermining from the mainland government of the city’s “one country, two systems” rights.
Student activist group Scholarism has weighed in, saying that “‘Hong Kong is not Hong Kong anymore.”
Protests from pan-democratic parties have taken place at the China Liaison Office, whilst Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying insists that no mainland law enforcement agencies have authority inside Hong Kong.
In light of the threat from Anonymous, a statement from supposedly Lee himself emerged yesterday with a Causeway employee receiving a fax, the contents of which are consistent with Lee’s last contact from Shenzhen immediately following his disappearance, in which he explained to his wife that he was assisting mainland police with an investigation.
Since I am in urgent need to handle the related issue, and as it cannot be told to the outside world, I have returned to the mainland by my own method to assist the investigation by related authorities – it may take some time.
Please continue to run the bookstore as per contract, you can contact my wife for the payments due for books, or you can pay them, and clear the amount when I come back.
My current situation is good, everything is normal. Please kindly handle the things at the bookstore, many thanks!
Lee’s wife has now withdrawn her request for HK police to help find her husband, saying that she has been in contact with him.
By Pinky Latt