Chinese politician Xie Zhiqiang has found himself in hot water after using Sina’s Weibo, a microblogging site similar to Twitter, to set up a liaison with a woman believed to be his mistress.
Apparently, Xie — the married head of the Liyang City Sanitation Bureau — did not realize that the messages sent on Weibo were public, but thought it was a private messaging service, the Wall Street Journal reported.
“How did you see them? They’re not visible, right?” Xie said to a reporter from China’s Modern Express, “You saw all the Weibos we sent to each other? It can’t be.”
He was suspended and is now under investigation, possibly because some of the messages referred to reimbursing the woman’s expenses, reported Asian tech blog Penn Olson, the first to report the story in English .
The incident is reminiscent of the scandal that recently led to congressman Anthony Weiner’s resignation, after Weiner apparently sent a public message over Twitter that he intended to be private.