People have emailed me asking my thoughts on the death of American Shane Todd at the Singaporean Institute of Microelectronics a government linked research lab. While I have no inside information of any kind and do not know what happened with Mr. Todd, I am willing to entertain the possibility the he met with nefarious forces that resulted in his death. My reason is simple: I am aware of the past record of Singapore activities in working with known nuclear weapons proliferators and drug lords.
To take one example, Temasek Holdings and Singapore Airlines partnered with China Great Wall Industry (CGWI) to establish an air cargo transport business based out of Shanghai. The Temasek, Singapore Air, and CGWI partnership was interesting for a number of reasons. First, CGWI was a known nuclear weapons proliferator which had been cited repeatedly for many years as selling high grade weaponry to countries like Iran. Temasek and Singapore Air clearly knew who they were partnering with and chose to ignore the risk of conducting a joint venture with a nuclear weapons proliferator.
Second, CGWI never had and today has no business in commercial air transportation or cargo. In fact, today, CGWI primarily engages in satellite and space technology. Given that Temasek and Singapore Airlines already had business ventures with Air China, which they maintain to this day, this raises the suspicion that this joint venture was entered into for other purposes besides standard economic reasons. Otherwise, airlines with air cargo transport businesses would seem to be more likely partners. The known risks and lack of expertise in this area, make the creation of an air cargo transport business with CGWI a dubious proposition.
Third, CGWI is a subsidiary to a larger Chinese military industrial company that has other subsidiaries that sell high grade weaponry to Iran and other nuclear related material. CGWI has since formally instituted export controls to bring itself into compliance with international standards on export controls to countries like Iran and Syria. However, much of this activity has now shifted to a sister company of CGWI known as China National Precision Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CNPMIEC) which listed no specific export limitations. Up until recently, CNPMIEC had pictures of weapons you could purchase on their website including should fired missiles with no statement about export restrictions. In fact, their CNPMIEC weaponry recently turned up in a captured shipment from Iran to Shia militants in Yemen. An interesting side note is that the date of manufacture of the seized weapons was during the Temasek, Singapore Airline joint venture with CGWI.
None of this even addresses the behavior of Huawei but only known Temasek and Singapore Airline behavior in partnering with nuclear weapons proliferators. That is a separate story unto itself and what is known about Huawei and their activities.
I do not know what happened to Shane Todd and whether it is a simple suicide or whether there is something more nefarious. However, given what I know about the activities of the Singapore government in partnering with the Chinese military and known nuclear weapons proliferators, I am very willing to consider the possibility that Singapore government linked entities are helping the Chinese military.