Sep 06, 2013 07:14 PM

A Scandal Involving Chongqing Officials Was a Web of Sex, Lies and Video


 Lei Zhengfu

(Beijing) – When a sex video involving a Chongqing official went viral on the Internet on November 2012, like millions of others, Tan Linling clicked out of curiosity.

To her surprise, Tan recognized the woman in the video as a former colleague and friend named Zhao Hongxia. Tan immediately contacted Zhao and told her about the nation's hottest news: a video recording of Lei Zhengfu, Communist Party secretary of Beibei District in the large southwestern region of Chongqing, having an extramarital affair. The video was put online by a Beijing-based citizen journalist.

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