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Cablegate: Straits Times Reporter Released; Traveling to Hong Kong

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SUBJECT: Straits Times Reporter Released; Traveling to Hong Kong


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1. (SBU) Ching Cheong, the Straits Times reporter arrested in 2005
and convicted in 2006 for spying, was released today and is on his
way to Hong Kong, according to South China Morning Post reporter
Ivan Zhai. Zhai speculated that Cheong, whose five-year sentence
was due to end in 2011, was released as a pre-Chinese New Year
gesture of goodwill by the Chinese government.

GOLDBERG

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