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Report says Bo Xilai bugged Chinese prez phone calls

A wiretapping network run by Chongqing officials was detected on a phone call made to Chinese President Hu Jintao in August, a discovery that helped topple the city's ambitious party chief Bo Xilai, the New York Times has reported.

world Updated: Apr 27, 2012 00:58 IST

A wiretapping network run by Chongqing officials was detected on a phone call made to Chinese President Hu Jintao in August, a discovery that helped topple the city's ambitious party chief Bo Xilai, the New York Times has reported.

The report said nearly a dozen ources with Communist party ties had confirmed the case of wiretapping and the bugging programme.

The party's official version of events omitted the tapped call by a visiting Chinese minister to Hu in August. If true the report confirms rumours of the incident that had spread since Bo's sacking in March.

The public case has focused on the suspicious death of British businessman Neil Heywood in November and allegations that Bo's wife, Gu Kailai, was involved. The case has upset China's carefully managed leadership transition.

"The hidden wiretapping, previously alluded to only in internal Communist Party accounts of the scandal, appears to have provided another compelling reason for party leaders to turn on Mr Bo," the New York Times said.

There are varied versions of the rumours about alleged bugging by Bo, some of which have been reported by media in Hong Kong and abroad.

The New York Times backs up earlier reporting by Reuters on the widespread, network in Chongqing set up by Bo and his former police chief Wang Lijun, as well as rumours about the tapped call made to Hu by a visiting anti-corruption official, minister of supervision Ma Wen.

Sources told Reuters the monitoring apparently helped Bo and Wang frustrate secretive investigations by central authorities.