Date
26 September 2017
The reputation of Legco president Jasper Tsang (inset) for impartiality was destroyed by the WhatsApp revelations. Photos: HKEJ
The reputation of Legco president Jasper Tsang (inset) for impartiality was destroyed by the WhatsApp revelations. Photos: HKEJ

Were Jasper Tsang’s WhatsApp conversations wiretapped?

Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing said his office was suspected to have been wiretapped in 2012 after he expressed willingness to run for Hong Kong’s top job.

His revelation has led to speculation that the recent leaking to the media of his WhatsApp conversations with a group of pro-establishment lawmakers just before the vote in Legco on the election reform bill last week was a result of another wiretapping.

Some suspect that the intentional revelation of the conversations, in which he seemed to be trying to coordinate his political allies’ speeches in the chamber, was related to the possibility of his running for the post of chief executive in 2017.

Tsang told am730 he did not think he was the target of the person who leaked the conversations but that it was not the first time he had been wiretapped.

In 2012, when his assistant checked Tsang’s office on the first floor of the Legco building with an anti-wiretap device, it showed Tsang was apparently being eavesdropped on.

Meanwhile, Tsang said, his home was monitored after he said one month before the election in 2012 that he would consider running for chief executive.

He gave up the idea after 10 days of consideration on the grounds that it was too hasty.

Tsang said he did not report the suspected wiretapping to the police, as there was no substantial evidence.

He also said vicious rumors against him circulated in 2012, including that he owed money and suffered from an incurable disease.

Although Tsang has said he will not run in 2017, some political observers think the revelation of the WhatsApp conversations was aimed at crushing Tsang’s prestige and reputation for integrity.

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