This is a story that has gone on largely unnoticed in the background of the news, towards the end of the news programs and in the middle pages of the
tabloid press. It is however a massive conspiracy that I believe may involve the assassination of a British spy, Neil Haywood, in China by one of the
Communist party’s most prominent members in November 2011. If you’re interested then please do read on this conspiracy involves both US and
British intelligence, corruption in the Communist party of China and the shadowy world of corporate intelligence all coupled with an assassination
and Chinese official attempting to defect to American intelligence.
Neil Haywood was born in Brittan in 1970, he was educated privately at the English Public School Harrow then went on to study international relations
at Warwick University before moving to China. He set up a company called Heywood Boddington Associates who’s primary role was to act as a middle man
between western companies and Chinese politicians although for some strange reason was based out of his mother’s London home rather than in China.
He met his wife, Wang Lulu who is a member of a prominent family while living in china then working in an English language school in Dalian China and
to whom he had two children with.
It was while working hear it appears that Haywood first became connected to the Bo family, at the time Bo Xilai was mayor of Dalian and sent is son Bo
Guagua to the school were Mr Haywood worked. Hear Haywood became close to Xilai’s Wife, Gu Kailai, a lawyer, when he assisted the family in
ensuring that Guagua got into the same private English school that Haywood himself was once a pupil. Bo Xilai would go one to become one of the most
powerful men in china and was even seen by some as a possible contender as the leader of the Communist Party.
The Bo family went on to become one of Neil Haywood’s political contacts who he used to give western company access to through his own company,
Heywood Boddington Associates. One of the companies that Haywood also worked for on a freelance basis on various projects, mostly believed to be
evaluating the economic status of various Chinese companies was Hakluyt, and this is where his story gets very interesting.
Hakluyt and Company is not your everyday think tanks, it was founded by two senior former members of the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) named
Christopher James who’s job at six was to lease with the top UK firms (he may also have been SAS before to joining six) and Mike Reynolds who
created the counter-terrorism branch of the SIS and then worked with MI5’s Middle East desk and both of whom set up the company 1995 working out of
an office in Mayfair. Its role according to James is to provide private business with the kind of intelligence usually only accessed by Government by
utilising its unique set of contacts to create intelligence reports. It boasts that this information is not available off the net or through the media
and it only deals with the business and government elite.
Hakluyt itself is very media shy for a company whose clients include almost one quarter of the FTSC 100 companies and it’s no wonder, it is in
effect the intelligence service of the corporate elite and the founders have created a mega-intelligence company that few know off. Not only does it
draw form the vast number of ex-SIS officers but also members of big business and ex-government officials. James stepped down and managing director in
2006 and was replaced by ex-MI6 officer Keith Craig. However other members of Hakluyt’s “international advisory board” however include former US
presidential candidate Bill Bradley, a former Foreign Minister for Australia, Sir David Manning former Ambassador to the United States and Javier
Solana a former Sectary General of NATO to name but a few members of what makes up this truly international corporate intelligence service that is
augmented with former members of MI6. It has offices in Mayfair, New York and Singapore with a massive interest in right now in China, its website
consists of one page and it reveals very little about its activities and despite a number of questions by MP Normal Baker the government refused to
comment on any dealings it may have with the firm. In spite of this it is widely believed that this private intelligence company may be either a front
for the SIS or that it does freelance work on behalf of SIS. Either way it has been confirmed that Haywood done work for Hakluyt and with this it is
true that at the very least he was a corporate spy with some strong links to MI6.
Whatever his connections with SIS the exact details of Haywoods relationship in his final days between the family also remains unclear, some have
speculated that Haywood was engaged in a affair with Bo’s wife and others have said that the two maintained a close working relationship that was
not romantic. Whatever the nature of this relationship was, it lead to Haywood’s death and the collapse of this politically famously corrupt family.
According to media reports, Haywood was asked by GU (Bo’s corrupt lawyer wife) to assist her in moving money illegally out of China. Haywood’s
wife and his friends say that in his last weeks he was under a lot of stress due to work and it has also been alleged that he wanted more commission
form Gu for him assisting her. This is the only motivation for the murder that has so far been put forward however it is possible that Haywood had
some even more damaging information on Bo and Gu. Since this scandal broke it has emerged that Bo was spying on the leaders of the Chinese communist
party including the Chinese president according to the daily Telegraph
Anonymous CCP sources said that Mr Bo tapped the phones at the state guesthouse in Chongqing where senior officials stay on visits to the city. The
eavesdropping emerged last August, after it was discovered that President Hu’s conversations with a visiting minister were being recorded. The
wiretapping is believed to have begun several years ago, when Mr Bo ordered his one-time ally and the former Chongqing Police Chief Wang Lijun to set
up a sophisticated surveillance
It may very well be the case that Haywood threatened to expose this and that is why he was killed or it could also have been because of his
disagreements with Bo’s wife, Gu.
Regardless of the motivation on the evening November 14 2011 Haywood was summoned to a hotel by one of Bo and Gu’s body guards and 26 hours later he
was found dead. According to the Chinese officials Haywood died of Alcohol poisoning, this was related to his family and to the British Foreign and
Commonwealth Office (FCO). What is suspicious however is that after his death there was no autopsy or toxicology report conducted and the Chinese
ensured that the body was cremated. Perhaps however the biggest red flag of this whole death is that Haywood almost never drank and many reports
describe him as a Teetotaller. Despite the family raising concerns about the initial investigation into his death and lobbying the British to do more
Haywood’s death went largely unnoticed for two months.
Haywoods death would have probably gone down in history as being just another drunken waste of life had it not been for Bo Xilia’s Chief of Police
Wang Lijun who walked into the American Consulate carrying a bag of documents that proved that Gu was responsible for Haywoods death as she was
present in the hotel room when the family bodyguard poisoned Haywood with cyanide. The Americans protected Lijun for some time until an official
arrived from Beijing to take Lijun into protective custody however they refused to offer him protection themselves when he wanted to defect.
Following on from this American intelligence informed British intelligence of this information that showed Haywood was murdered, the details of this
intelligence so far have not been made public. As a result of this the British government began putting pressure on senior Chinese officials to reopen
the investigation into his death as murder had never been even considered in the initial investigation.
In the ensuing investigation Gu and her the bodyguard were both arrested for arranging Haywood’s death and Bo’s political career came crashing
down as the investigation exposed his corruption and spying on his fellow party members. This entire saga alone with the escape of the human rights
activist Chen Guangcheng into America has put the internal workings of the communist party of china into turmoil.
For Mr Haywoods family, they are still seeking closure but there is still the question of his connections to SIS and Hakluyt. In an extraordinary move
recently the British government made a exemption by publically announcing that Mr Haywood was not a SIS officer at the time of his death, something
the British government almost never do and the PM has personally approached China in regards to the on-going investigation which due to Chinese
secrecy is slowing being fed to the public in drips and drops.