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A Uighur Dutch woman admitted to leaking secret Chinese cables on Muslim oppression. She's going public to stop China's death threats.

A Uighur Dutch woman admitted to leaking secret Chinese cables on Muslim oppression. She's going public to stop China's death threats.
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The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists published pages of leaked Chinese Communist Party documents illustrating its mass crackdown on Uighur Muslims last month.




The consortium said only that it received the explosive cache "via a chain of exiled Uighurs."




On Saturday a 46-year-old Uighur Dutch woman named Asiye Abdulaheb revealed herself to the Netherlands' De Volkskrant newspaper and The New York Times as being involved in the dissemination of those documents.




Her social media and email accounts were hacked, and she got a death threat on Facebook Messenger, the newspapers reported. Her ex-husband was also lured to Dubai and asked by Chinese agents to spy on her.




These reported threats mirror those experienced by other Uighur exiles.




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A Uighur Dutch woman has revealed herself as being involved in the leak of an explosive cache of documents outlining how the Chinese government rounds up, detains, and controls its Muslim minority in the western region of Xinjiang.
The 24 pages of internal Communist Party documents, leaked to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), had described brutal security controls in detention camps and the reasons officials cite to detain Uighurs.
Asiye Abdulaheb, a 46-year-old Dutch citizen, has now publicly said that she helped spread those documents. She gave her first interview to De Volkskrant, a daily newspaper in her country, and subsequently spoke to The New York Timeshttps://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/07/world/europe/uighur-whistleblower.html. Both articles were published Saturday.
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