So the Wall Street Journal is reporting that a British National, Neil Haywood, may have been poisoned by a senior Communist official, Bo Xilai, or his wife, over a "business dispute"; but now it turns out Haywood was a contractor to a firm called Hakluyt & Co, which just happened to be founded by ex-MI6 agents, and provides "Strategic Business intelligence" to it's clients.
Suspicions surfaced when Bo's 2nd in command, an ex-Police chief, told Bo that he suspected murder; he (the ex-Police chief) then ran to the US Consulate and demanded asylum. Which the US government of denied, turning him over to unspecified Senior Party officials.
Oh, and Neil's body was never autopsied, was cremated immediately, and the cause of death was listed as "alcohol poisoning", which is odd since according to family and friends, Neil was a teetotaler.
Bo is a hard line Neo-Maoist who was responsible for a big crack down on crime in his province not too long ago. Now he's disgraced, his political career effectively over.
So was this a real life James Bond who's cover got blown? Or was he used to setup Bo for a fall? Apparently the Chinese blogosphere is alight with speculation, so I thought CHUD should join in.
Looks like I chose the right time to read that new James Bond novel, Carte Blanche!