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‘Wendi Deng was a Chinese spy’: Eccentric Australian mogul makes bizarre claim on TV about Rupert Murdoch’s wife

  • Multi-millionaire Clive Palmer, 59, made the claims on  a television show
  • ‘She’s been  spying on Rupert for years,’ Mr Palmer claimed
  • Palmer is  renowned for his plans to construct a replica of the Titanic
  • He is  planning to sue Murdoch for a newspaper article about his  health

By  Richard Shears

PUBLISHED: 11:03 EST, 5  September 2013 |  UPDATED: 13:49 EST, 5 September 2013

An eccentric Australian businessman who is  contesting this weekend’s general election claimed today that Rupert Murdoch’s  ex-wife Wendi Deng is a Chinese spy ‘and that’s why Rupert got rid of her.’

Multi-millionaire Clive Palmer, 59, renowned  for his plans to construct a replica of the Titanic in conjunction with a  Chinese company and for his dreams of creating an animated Jurassic Park in  Queensland, also said today that he was planning to sue Mr  Murdoch.

He was furious about an article in a Murdoch  newspaper, The Australian, which questioned his wealth and whether he was a  university professor and a mining magnate, as he claims.

Claims 

Claims: Clive Palmer, an eccentric Australian  businessman who is contesting this weekend’s general election claimed today that  Rupert Murdoch’s ex-wife Wendi Deng is a Chinese spy ‘and that’s why Rupert got  rid of her’

In his attack on Mr Murdoch he did not  exclude the media magnate’s former wife, Miss Deng – who will be remembered for  her defence of her husband when she prevented a protester from smashing a pie  into his face during the hacking inquiry before the House of Commons Select  Committee in July 2011.

 

‘You know Rupert Murdoch’s wife Wendi Deng is  a Chinese spy and that’s been right across the world,’ he claimed during an  interview on the Channel Nine tv network.

‘She’s been spying on Rupert for years,  giving money back to Chinese intelligence.

Outspoken: Multi-millionaire Clive Palmer, 5 also said today that he was planning to sue Mr Murdoch 

Outspoken: Multi-millionaire Clive Palmer, 5 also said  today that he was planning to sue Mr Murdoch

Standing by her man: Wendi Deng (wearing pink jacket) is famous for punching the man who threw a pie at her husband's face during a parliamentary committee hearing 

Standing by her man: Wendi Deng (wearing pink jacket) is  famous for punching the man who threw a pie at her husband’s face during a  parliamentary committee hearing

‘She was trained in southern China. I’m  telling you the truth.

‘Wendi Deng is a Chinese spy and that’s why  Rupert got rid of her.’

It is not the first time that the allegation  has been made against Miss Deng, prompting Mr Palmer to tell another interviewer  on the ABC network that his ‘proof’ was on the internet and could be found by  Googling her.

Shortly after Mr Murdoch filed for divorce  earlier this year claims emerged that Miss Deng had connections to the People’s  Liberation Army and its General Political Department.

In June Pan-China Network quoted ‘insider  news’ from Beijing that claimed Miss Deng was absorbed by the Political  Department in her freshman year of college to be trained as a spy in Hong  Kong.

Mr Palmer, 59, is renowned for his plans to construct a replica of the Titantic in conjunction with a Chinese company and for his dreams of creating an animated Jurassic Park in Queensland 

Outlandish: Mr Palmer is renowned for his plans to  construct a replica of the Titantic in conjunction with a Chinese company and  for his dreams of creating an animated Jurassic Park in Queensland

Along with his claims, Mr Palmer, who insists  his Palmer United Party will win ‘a lot of Senate seats and a lot of House of  Representative seats’ in the upcoming election, said he was going ahead with his  determination to sue Mr Murdoch for the article attacking his  credibility.

The Australian newspaper said that ‘contrary  to the flim-flam and spin, Clive Frederick Palmer is not a professor, not an  adviser to the G20, not a mining magnate, not a legal guru and not an advocate  for freedom of speech. He’s probably not a billionaire.’

He accused Australian-born Mr Murdoch, who is  now a US citizen, of ordering his reporters what to write and said the media  magnate needed to be brought to account.

‘Murdoch will be sued by me today and will be  brought to Australia to answer these questions in the Supreme Court,’ he told  the Seven Network. ‘It’s time this fellow was brought to account, this foreigner  who tries to dictate what we do.

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