Wen Tao, a very good friend and helpful assistant to Ai Weiwei, was an extremely helpful and supportive member of the Wu Yuren PR/communications team that was assembled shortly after Wu ‘s disappearance and detention, from June 2010 until very recently. Unfortunately, he was also detained and disappeared on April 3rd, 2011 from a studio in the Caochangdi area of Beijing, as no one has heard from or seen him since. Wen was responsible for translating from Chinese/English and English/Chinese almost all documents that were put on line regarding Wu Yuren’s case last year and into this year.
I was very sad to hear of his detention/disappearance, as Wen Tao was the first one I wanted to announce Wu’s parole to on the afternoon of April 3rd, 2011.
Wen Tao, 38 years old from Sichuan, is a journalist by training, who used to work for the Sports Illustrated, China, and then with the Global Times, Beijing. He was ‘asked to leave’ his Global Times posting in 2010 after covering the 008 March on Chang’an Jie, in February 2010. Wen Tao has previously lived and worked in Canada.
Best wishes to his family and friends, and hope for a speedy location and release.