Liu Xiaobo, NED, CIA, USA Support

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

It's widely reported on the web that Liu Xiaobo (2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner) received funding from National Endowment for Democracy (NED). This is acknowledged on the NED site:

The National Endowment for Democracy Extends Its Warmest Congratulations to Grantee Liu Xiaobo on Receiving the Nobel Peace Prize At


Among his many contributions to the advance of democratic ideas and values in China have been his work as editor of Democratic China magazine (English via GoogleTranslate) for several years until his arrest in 2008, and serving two terms as President of the Independent Chinese PEN Center, from 2003 to 2007. NED is pleased to have been able to provide grant support to both organizations for their activities supporting free inquiry and freedom of expression over the years.

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How Much?

How much? The article didn't say, but from online info the figure may be over 1 million USD, perhaps from 2004 to 2007. It's very time consuming to gather correct info on the web, but on this site:, there's this info:

All the links's content are gone as of , but they are currently available at the

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Looking at these doc is quite scary. Usually they have a big section China, listing lots of money to all sort of organizations that seems to be politically disruptive for Chinese goverment, e.g. Tibet, Uyghur, and all with names like “freedom”, “human rights”, “democracy”….

Who is NED?

NED is [ National Endowment for Democracy ] [ ]. Here's a quote:

The National Endowment for Democracy, or NED, is a U.S. non-profit organization that was founded in 1983 to promote US-friendly democracy by providing cash grants funded primarily through an annual allocation from the U.S. Congress.[1] Although administered as a private organization, its funding comes almost entirely from a governmental appropriation by Congress and it was created by an act of Congress. In addition to its grants program, NED also supports and houses the Journal of Democracy, the World Movement for Democracy, the International Forum for Democratic Studies, the Reagan-Fascell Fellowship Program, the Network of Democracy Research Institutes, and the Center for International Media Assistance. It has been accused by both right-wing and left-wing personalities of interference in foreign regimes, and of being set up to legally continue the CIA's prohibited activities of support to selected political parties abroad.[2]

So, it takes US tax payer's money, and give to other countries, for spreading US ideology. Note the last sentence. The source “[2]” is from the book Killing Hope by William Blum. Buy at amazon. Wikipedia has a article on it [ Killing Hope ] [ ], quote:

Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions since World War II is a history book on covert CIA operations and U.S. military interventions during the second half of the 20th century, written by former State Department employee William Blum. The book takes a strongly critical view of American foreign policy.

The book covers various US foreign policy ventures from just after World War II onward. Its basic premise is that the Soviet Union occupied the Warsaw Pact states only to better defend its territory[citation needed] and the American Cold War-era activities abroad were done with imperialist motives.

Noam Chomsky called it “Far and away the best book on the topic.” [1] Former CIA officer John Stockwell called it “The single most useful summary of CIA history.” [2]

Note that [ Noam Chomsky ] [ ] is a very well-known linguist, and famous as a major critic on US foreign policies.

And who is the author [ William Blum ] [ ]? Quote:

William Blum (born 1933) is an American author, historian, and critic of United States foreign policy. He studied accounting in college. Later he had a low-level computer-related position at the United States Department of State in the mid-1960s. Initially an anti-communist with dreams of becoming a foreign service officer, he said he became disillusioned by the Vietnam War.[1]

There are quite a lot critcism of NED. Depending your point of view, NED is throwing money all over enemy countries to fuck them up, meddle with their elections, support the criminals, stage coups. China, Iran, Central America, eastern and western Europe, russian areas and states, … all over the map. Here's few selected quotes:

NED says it does not directly fund any political party, as this is forbidden by law. However, it has been accused of providing funding to opposition candidates in elections in countries other than the USA. According to NED, it intervenes in elections by funding election observation and civic education on voting, such as student "get-out-the-vote" campaigns.[6]

Critics such as Pat Buchanan accuse the NED of fomenting revolution and regularly interfering in the affairs of other countries, especially dictatorships and undemocratic regimes.[7]

Other critics say that the NED only supports candidates with strong ties to the military. William Blum accuses NED of being part of a U.S. government funding strategy to undermine left-wing leaders and "pervert elections". Others are also critical of U.S. corporate investment in foreign countries, and criticize the NED for not supporting candidates who oppose free trade and the investing rights of US companies. For example, Bill Berkowitz of Working for Change claims, "The NED functions as a full-service infrastructure building clearinghouse. It provides money, technical support, supplies, training programs, media know-how, public relations assistance and state-of-the-art equipment to select political groups, civic organizations, labor unions, dissident movements, student groups, book publishers, newspapers, and other media. Its aim is to destabilize progressive movements, particularly those with a socialist or democratic socialist bent."[8]

Liu's Support for US and War on Iraq

from Wikipedia [ Liu Xiaobo ] [ ],

In his 1996 article titled “Lessons from the Cold War”, Liu argues that “The free world led by the US fought almost all regimes that trampled on human rights … The major wars that the US became involved in are all ethically defensible.” He has defended U.S. policies in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, which he thinks is the fault of the “provocateur” Palestinians.[25]

Liu also published a 2004 article in support of Bush's war on Iraq, titled “Victory to the Anglo-American Freedom Alliance”, in which he praised the U.S.-led post-Cold War conflicts as “best examples of how war should be conducted in a modern civilization.” He predicted “a free, democratic and peaceful Iraq will emerge.”[26] During the 2004 US presidential election, Liu again praised Bush for his war effort against Iraq and condemned Democratic Party candidate John Kerry for not sufficiently supporting the wars in which the U.S. was then involved. He commented on Islamism that, “a cul­ture and (reli­gious) sys­tem that pro­duced this kind of threat (Islamic fundamentalism), must be extremely intol­er­ant and blood-thirsty.” On Israel, he said “with­out America's pro­tec­tion, the long per­se­cuted Jews who faced exter­mi­na­tion dur­ing World War II, prob­a­bly would again be drowned by the Islamic world's hatred.”[27][25]

The citations [25][26][27] are:

Liu Xiaobo Barry Sautman Hairong Yan 2010
Do supporters of Nobel winner Liu Xiaobo really know what he stands for? By Barry Sautman, Hairong Yan. At

Note: as of , top results of Google Search on Liu Xiaobo essays above are Falun Gong front group, such as Epoch Times or

See also: Liu Xiaobo, Dalai Lama, Falun Gong, Nobel Peace Prize

Dalai Lama

Note that CIA has also send 1.7 million USD to Dalai Lama, also a Nobel Peace Prize winner. See: Li Ao on Tibet and Dalai Lama.

See also: Liu Xiaobo, Dalai Lama, Falun Gong, Nobel Peace Prize