Citing multiple anonymous sources, the New York Times alleges that the real, or at least the urgent, reason for Bo Xilai's downfall was that he was bugging top level leaders. He was found out when bugs on a phone by Ma Wen, the Minister of Supervision, were discovered during an apparently inconsequential conversation between her and none other than Hu Jintao, whose own phone apparently has counter-surveillance devices installed.
The article makes clear that these allegations did not surface during Wang Lijun's conversations at the Chengdu US consulate. They also play no part in the apparent 'great man brought low by crazy wife' narrative being spun through leaks from the investigation into the Gu Kailai/Neil Heywood affair.
Bo and Wang Lijun allegedly bugged every significant party personage who visited Chongqing; apparently with the aid of Fang Binxing, the GFW architect, whose rumoured arrest James blogged about a few days ago. Involvement in this would explain Fang's disapperance neatly.
UPDATE: Since typepad for some reason won't let me comment on my own blog, I'll stick this in as an update:
Barry@ 2 : The Gu killed Heywood story has now become at least semi-official, through leaks from the investigation. How true it is is another matter. We know that it's the story the Party wants to tell. Still, it's the only story we have in answer to the question 'what happened to Neil Heywood'. I still don't believe the stuff about them having an affair, though.
Alex: Yes, the GFW is just the boundary within which sits a comprehensive information management system. If you're thinking of blogging about this, I'd recommend a scan of China Media Project (first under the China handle in the blogroll). As for opposition voices of the 'right' kind, this Wang Kang fellow in Chongqing is interesting: a professed reformer with no official connection shaping the government narrative on Bo and Gu.