AP Exclusive: Mysterious China blogger comes out

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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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