When the rabbits are all dead the hunting dog is boiled for food

The events leading up to Wang's flight to the US consulate in Chengdu, a 300km drive from Chongqing, remain shrouded in mystery, with various accounts of possible scenarios circulating in political and diplomatic circles.

According to the government's official account, released after Wang's trial in mid-September 2012, Wang fell out with Gu in mid-December, 2011, just one month after helping her to cover up Heywood's murder.

This account gave no explanation for the falling out but said their relationship steadily deteriorated and that four of Wang's close associates were placed under “illegal investigation” at the end of December 2011.

On January 28, 2012, Wang informed his patron ...

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