Hell hath no fury like a scorned Chinese official’s mistress.
A new survey on China’s anti-corruption efforts finds that jilted lovers represent 15.4 percent of the country’s online whistleblowers — nearly one in seven — exposing official corruption.
The poll, conducted by the Beijing-based Legal Daily’s Center for Public Opinion Monitoring, analyzed more than two dozen Chinese scandals from the January through September of this year. Former mistresses were prominent in the list, including several who supplemented their incriminating accusations with erotic photos or videos of themselves engaged in sexual acts with a prominent figure.
Government officials were the principal target of the accusations at 76.9 percent. Unhappy mistresses trailed merchants in the whistleblower ranks, who made up 26.9 percent of the Web-based whistleblowers.
The majority of whistle-blowers used their real names, the report found, as the constant media attention often helps to prevent retaliation against informants. Three-fourths of the cases involved bribery, embezzlement and other forms of economic corruption.
The Xinhua news agency said the heightened government drive to attack corruption under new President Xi Jinping, along with the spectacular downfall of a several top officials involved in illicit affairs, have encouraged more online informants to come forward.