BEIJING -- A Chinese man has been ordered to serve seven days in detention for posting details online about the case of a former police chief that set off a political firestorm this year, state media reported Saturday.
The leaked information revealed that Wang Lijun, the former police chief of the southwest city of Chongqing, traveled to Beijing accompanied by national security officers in February after leaving a U.S. Consulate in the nearby city of Chengdu, where he had divulged information that brought down high-profile politician Bo Xilai.
The information rebukes the initial official explanation for Wang's absence after he left the consulate, which said he was on vacation receiving therapeutic treatments. The leaked details also offer a glimpse into how Beijing reacted to Wang's failed bid at the consulate to defect to the U.S.
The scandal involving Wang and Bo has rocked China's top leadership as it prepares for next month's once-in-a-decade power transition to the next generation of leaders.
Citing information from the local national security bureau, the state-run Chengdu Daily newspaper said an airline worker gave Wang's personal information to a friend. The leaked information includes the identification numbers of Wang and a national security officer as well as flight information, apparently gleaned from their travel documents. The paper identified the friend as a hotel employee whose surname is Mao and said he posted the information online.
By doing so, Mao "leaked national security work secrets on purpose," the paper said.
It said Mao signed the paperwork accepting the punishment Friday afternoon and was led away by national security personnel.
The airline worker, whom the newspaper identified only by the surname Wang, received a warning, the Chengdu Daily said.
While in the U.S. Consulate, Wang Lijun revealed his suspicions that Bo's wife had murdered a British businessman.
Since then, Bo's wife, Gu Kailai, has been convicted and sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve for the murder. Wang was sentenced to 15 years in prison for defection, bribery, abuse of power and bending the law for personal gains.
Bo was expelled from the Communist Party last month. He faces charges ranging from corruption to illicit sexual affairs.
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In this Aug. 9, 2012 file video image taken from CCTV, Gu Kailai, center, the wife of disgraced politician Bo Xilai, stands during her trial in the Hefei Intermediate People's Court in Hefei in eastern China's Anhui province. (AP Photo/CCTV via APTN, File)
In this Aug. 9, 2012 file photo, police officers stand guard as officials and court spectators come out from the Hefei City Intermediate People's Court, where a murder trial of Gu Kailai, wife of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai, takes place in Hefei, Anhui Province, China. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)
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In this Jan. 17, 2007 file photo, Gu Kailai, left, wife of then Chinaese Commerce Minister Bo Xilai, right, attends a memorial ceremony for Bo's father Bo Yibo, a late revolutionary leader considered one of communist China's founding fathers, at a military hospital in Beijing. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan, File)
In this March 11, 2012 file photo, then Chongqing party secretary Bo Xilai attends a plenary session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Bo's wife Gu Kailai who is accused of murdering Bo family associate, British businessman Neil Heywood, went on trial Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 at the Hefei Intermediate People's Court in eastern China. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)
This video image taken from CCTV shows Gu Kailai, left, the wife of disgraced politician Bo Xilai, in the Intermediate People's Court in the eastern Chinese city of Hefei Thursday Aug. 9, 2012. According to testimony Thursday in one of China's highest-profile murder trials in years, Gu lured British businessman Neil Heywood to a hotel in the southwestern mega-city of Chongqing, where she got him drunk and fed him poison. (AP Photo/CCTV via APTN)
This video image taken from CCTV shows Gu Kailai, second left, the wife of disgraced politician Bo Xilai, being taken into the Intermediate People's Court in the eastern Chinese city of Hefei Thursday Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/CCTV via APTN)