During her interrogation, Ye Wenjie confesses to at least the following:
Two murders, unauthorised use of a classified military installation, conspiracy with a foreign power in order to facilitate a military invasion.
This is in addition to the fact that she has been caught red-handed
presiding over an organization which has threatened to detonate a nuclear device in the nation's capital, and has just summarily executed one of its members in public.
It would seem that she would meet easily the threshold for a number of serious crimes. Yet her interrogator seems to see her rather sympathetically, as a naïve person misled by idealism. In addition, she is permitted to make a journey to the ruins of Red Coast Base, a request which is not straightforward to grant as it is in a remote mountainous region.
Why did the authorities treat her so leniently?