Judge Trims Chinese Activist's Suit Over Yahoo Emails

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By Humberto J. Rocha (April 1, 2022, 6:29 PM EDT) — A California federal judge granted Yahoo a partial dismissal of a Chinese pro-democracy activist’s suit that claimed Yahoo disclosed his emails to the Chinese government, which were then used to convict and torture him.

In an order issued Thursday, U.S. District Judge Haywood S. Gilliam Jr. sided with Yahoo, finding that Ning Xianhua’s claims that Yahoo entered into a “secret agreement” with the Chinese government to provide it with confidential email communications were based on less than substantial factual evidence.

Ning’s allegations were based on claims that a 2004 Chinese government prosecutorial memo included writing from his Yahoo email and from…

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