An Australian businessman and political hopeful plans to sue a prominent media mogul about a newspaper article that makes unflattering allegations about him.
In addition to saying he was filing a suit against Rupert Murdoch, businessman Clive Palmer also made some inflammatory comments about the tycoon’s estranged wife.
‘You know, Rupert Murdoch’s wife Wendi Deng is a Chinese spy, and that’s been right across the world,” Palmer said during an interview. “She’s been spying on Rupert for years, giving money back to Chinese intelligence. 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. And this guy (Murdoch) wants to control Australian politics. He wants to control what you think.”
Deng is probably most well-known for stopping a protester from smashing a pie into Murdoch’s face during an inquiry before the House of Commons Select Committee in 2011.
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Palmer, 59, is running for election in Australia. He is also famous for wanting to create an animated Jurassic Park in Queensland, The Daily Mail reported.
An article about Palmer in “The Australian” newspaper questioned many of his claims “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,” the newspaper said.
Palmer alleges that Murdoch tell his reporters what to write. “Murdoch will be sued by me today and will be brought to Australia to answer these questions in the Supreme Court,” he said. “It’s time this fellow was brought to account, this foreigner who tries to dictate what we do.”