China has denied responsibility for alleged cyber attacks in the United States appearing to target exiled tycoon Guo Wengui, who has levelled corruption allegations against senior Communist Party officials and applied for political asylum.
The Ministry of Public Security said in a statement provided on Sunday an investigation had found “no evidence” of Chinese government involvement in the alleged cyber attacks.
The law enforcement agency said China had also provided the US government with evidence that Guo, who has applied for political asylum in the United States, fabricated documents used to support his claims. It said China would make an official request for US authorities to investigate the matter.
“The falsified official documents and the false information he fabricated are sensational and outrageous,” the ministry said in a rare English-language statement.
Guo denied the documents were forged and said the Ministry of Public Security’s statement should not be believed.
The Washington-based Hudson Institute think tank was scheduled to host Guo last Wednesday in a rare public appearance, but cancelled the event the day before without explanation.
The event would have coincided with the visit of an official Chinese delegation to the US capital for a high-level law enforcement and cyber security dialogue between the two countries.
The Hudson Institute said it had detected a Shanghai-based attack aimed at shutting down access to its website several days earlier. The suspected attack was raised by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions during a meeting with China’s Public Security Minister Guo Shengkun on Wednesday, a Department of Justice spokesman told Reuters on Sunday.
China had “pledged to co-operate,” the spokesman said.
However, the New York-based Guo Wengui said: “Just because the Ministry of Public Security said China didn’t do it doesn’t make it true.”
“Why did the US raise it in their meeting?” he.
Guo Wengui applied for US political asylum in September, but said this week the law firm representing him, Clark Hill PLC, had backed out after being targeted by Chinese hackers.
Clark Hill lawyer Thomas Ragland, who lodged the asylum claim, confirmed he was no longer representing Guo Wengui, without elaborating.