AP Exclusive: Mysterious China blogger comes out
In this photo taken with mobile phone camera and released by Zhang Hongming, Zhang poses with his personal computer, which he runs the popular fan page for the Communist Party's General Secretary Xi Jinping, at an apartment in the city of Wuxi in eastern China, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. For weeks, the mysterious microblog has been lifting a veil from around China's new leader Xi with candid snapshots from his travels that defy the typically stiff and staged images of the leadership in state media. (AP Photo) EDITORIAL USE ONLY, NO SALES
Posted: Saturday, February 9, 2013 12:00 am
Updated: 5:13 pm, Tue Mar 25, 2014.
BEIJING (AP) - For weeks, a mysterious microblog has been lifting a veil from around China's new leader, Xi Jinping, with candid snapshots from his travels that defy the typically stiff and staged images of the leadership presented in state media.
Ordinary Chinese, foreign reporters and even China's own state media have speculated over who or what might be behind the blog - ostensibly registered to a female tech school graduate. Is Xi's own team surreptitiously trying to humanize the leader in the guise of citizen journalism? Is this a crusader's attempt to bring China's leaders down a notch and send them a message?
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Saturday, February 9, 2013 12:00 am.
Updated: 5:13 pm.