Arriving at London Airport today (Friday) after spending nearly three years in a chinese jail for alleged spying, British engineer George Watt said he'd received a certain amount of rough treatment.
SV Watt down steps of aircraft & greeted
GV Watt waves & moves off
SV Watt seated with family
CU Watt (SOF) ZOOM TO Mrs Watt
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: WATT: "During the six months I was interrogated I got some rough treatment and I was beaten up in public at the mock trial on the fifteenth of March 1967. I was beaten up by six Chinese soldiers.
QUESTION: You said why it became easier for you after you confessed. What did you have to confess to , Mr Watt?
WATT: Oh, they were giving me hints. All sorts of hints. Really clear hints. I held out until the seventeenth of October, and then they put it to me very straight that morning. They said -'you're cheating us. Leniency for those who admit their crimes, severe punishment for those who refuse to do so. And we never make a mistake. We only arrest guilty people' - That's the predicament I was in.
QUESTION: Are you saying that there was absolutely no suspicion - no grounds for suspicion of spying?
WATT: I'm not a spy.
QUESTION: What crimes did you confess to in the end, Mr Watt?
WATT: In the end. Oh. Stealing a large amount of important intelligence about their great revolution against culture - the so-called cultural revolution, and a lot of important intelligence about their military and economic affairs. I can only wonder - if I'd really stolen all this, what am I doing here. Is it likely my memory would fade over the years? Would I still not be in possession of a large amount of important intelligence?
QUESTION: Have you ever, in fact, worked for British intelligence, Mr Watt?
WATT: No. Definitely not. I can give you my word of honour on this."
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Background: Arriving at London Airport today (Friday) after spending nearly three years in a chinese jail for alleged spying, British engineer George Watt said he'd received a certain amount of rough treatment.
Mr Watt, who was working for an Anglo-German chemical firm at the time of his arrest in September 1967, flew in from Hong Kong five hours late because of flight delays. His auburn-haired wife Josephine and their children, Christine, 13, and Stephen, five, were waiting at the airport to greet him.
Mr Watt's release was announced last week and he walked over the border into Hong Kong on August 2. He told newsmen at an airport press conference: