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Student leader Joshua Wong speaks during a protest outside of the Hong Kong Chief Executive’s Office on July 1, 2014.
The face of Hong Kong's student democracy movement came under furious attack by a pro-Beijing newspaper today, upping the ante in the fight over the former British colony's political future.

On Thursday, Wen Wei Po published an "expose" into what it described as the U.S. connections of Joshua Wong, the 17 year-old leader of student group Scholarism.

The story asserts that "U.S. forces" identified Mr. Wong's potential three years ago, and have worked since then to cultivate him as a "political superstar."

Evidence for Mr. Wong's close ties to the U.S. that the paper cited included what the report described as frequent meetings with U.S. consulate personnel in Hong Kong and covert donations from Americans to Mr. Wong. As evidence, the paper cited photographs leaked by "netizens." The story also said Mr. Wong's family visited Macau in 2011 at the invitation of the American Chamber of Commerce, where they stayed at the "U.S.-owned" Venetian Macao, which is owned by Las Vegas Sands Corp.

When asked about Wen Wei Po's allegations that he was being manipulated by U.S. forces, Mr. Wong denied the idea. "Of course it's false," Mr. Wong told China Real Time. In a subsequent statement posted online, Mr. Wong denied every detail in Wen Wei Po's story. The American Chamber of Commerce said no spokesperson was available to comment. The U.S. consulate in Hong Kong also declined to comment.

Mr. Wong came to local fame in 2012 after his Scholarism group, made up of secondary school students, protested against a plan by the Hong Kong government to implement "patriotic education" classes in Hong Kong schools. The plan was later shelved. Now, the group is at the forefront of a student movement protesting against a decision by Beijing last month that said that future candidates for Hong Kong's top post must be vetted by central authorities.

This isn't the first time that Beijing-friendly media have accused foreign countries of covert meddling in the former British colony. China's government has long been concerned that Western intelligence agencies might try to exploit the city's relatively more open political environment to push democracy in the rest of the country. The various "color revolutions" that ushered in democratic governments across the former Soviet Union in the early 2000s, and which were partly organized by foreign-funded NGOs, heightened those concerns.

Allegations of foreign intervention in Hong Kong have become particularly intense in the run-up to 2017, the earliest that Beijing has said Hong Kong residents can begin to directly elect their leaders. Wen Wei Po and another Beijing-leaning Hong Kong newspaper Ta Kung Pao, for example, have accused the U.K. of stationing British spies across Hong Kong institutions. Pro-Beijing publications have also accused Hong Kong media mogul and staunch Beijing critic Jimmy Lai of having connections with the CIA. Mr. Lai is the founder of Next Media Ltd., which owns the Apple Daily newspapers in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and is a major donor to pro-democracy groups in Hong Kong.

Comment: And here's Jimmy Lai meeting with Paul Wolfowitz.
Lai has admitted to taking the former Bush advisor on a five-hour leisure boat tour around Hong Kong.

Eastweek also said the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and its two subsidiaries had been offering training and funding to organizations in Hong Kong. The report alleged that NED is controlled by US intelligence agencies.
The following qoute is from: Subverting Syria: How CIA Contra Gangs and NGO's Manufacture, Mislabel and Market Mass Murder
NGOs like the "National Endowment for Democracy" (NED) promote so-called activists, whose leaders are ambitious sociopaths , eagerly carving out a piece of the carcass for the moment the state is brought down. The mainstream and even the alternative media eagerly lap up and amplify the Big Lie, creating a substitute "reality" that the average person has little chance of seeing through.

In its report on Mr. Wang, Wen Wei Po said that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency is making a pointed effort to infiltrate Hong Kong schools, for example through the Hong Kong-America Center, a group headed by former U.S. diplomat Morton Holbrook that promotes H.K.-U.S. ties. It also alleged that the CIA is actively training a new generation of protest leaders in Hong Kong through sponsoring students to study in the U.S., with an aim of stoking future "color revolutions" in the city.

The Hong Kong-America Center didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Hong Kong student groups, including Mr. Wong's Scholarism, are leading a class boycott this week, demanding Beijing grant Hong Kong what they call "genuine" democracy.