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Axios Exclusive: Suspected Chinese spy targeted California politicians

By WillPowers follow WillPowers   2020 Dec 8, 11:27am 511 views   14 comments         share      


FROM Breitbart, Dec 8,

A suspected Chinese spy was linked to at least two anonymous Midwestern mayors, according to a bombshell report from Axios.

The political journal said Fang Fang, who also goes by Christine Fang, developed political contacts primarily in California, including Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA).

FROM Axios STORY:

Among the most significant targets of Fang's efforts was Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.).

Fang took part in fundraising activity for Swalwell’s 2014 re-election campaign, according to a Bay Area political operative and a current U.S. intelligence official. Swalwell’s office was directly aware of these activities on its behalf, the political operative said. That same political operative, who witnessed Fang fundraising on Swalwell's behalf, found no evidence of illegal contributions.

Federal Election Commission records don’t indicate Fang herself made donations, which are prohibited from foreign nationals.

Fang helped place at least one intern in Swalwell's office, according to those same two people, and interacted with Swalwell at multiple events over the course of several years.

A statement from Swalwell's office provided to Axios said: "Rep. Swalwell, long ago, provided information about this person — whom he met more than eight years ago, and whom he hasn’t seen in nearly six years — to the FBI. To protect information that might be classified, he will not participate in your story."

What happened: Amid a widening counterintelligence probe, federal investigators became so alarmed by Fang's behavior and activities that around 2015 they alerted Swalwell to their concerns — giving him what is known as a defensive briefing.

Swalwell immediately cut off all ties to Fang, according to a current U.S. intelligence official, and he has not been accused of any wrongdoing.
Fang left the country unexpectedly in mid-2015 amid the investigation. She did not respond to multiple attempts by Axios to reach her by email and Facebook.

Fang’s friends and acquaintances said she was in her late 20s or early 30s when she was based in the U.S. and was enrolled as a student at a Bay Area university.

She used political gatherings, civic society conferences, campaign rallies, and campus events to connect with elected officials and other prominent figures, according to U.S. intelligence officials, Bay Area political operatives, former students, and current and former elected officials who knew her.

U.S. intelligence officials believed she was overseeing likely unwitting subagents whom she helped place in local political and congressional offices.

Fang attended regional conferences for U.S. mayors, which allowed her to grow her network of politicians across the country.

She also engaged in sexual or romantic relationships with at least two mayors of Midwestern cities over a period of about three years, according to one U.S. intelligence official and one former elected official.

At least two separate sexual interactions with elected officials, including one of these Midwestern mayors, were caught on FBI electronic surveillance of Fang, according to two intelligence officials. Axios was unable to identify or speak to the elected officials.

Fang helped with a fundraiser for Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) in 2013, according to a flyer from the event Fang shared on Facebook. She appeared in photos over multiple years with a host of California politicians, including Khanna, Swalwell, Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) and then-Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.).

Gabbard "has no recollection of ever meeting or talking with her, nor any recollection of her playing a major role at the fundraiser," a spokesperson said in an email to Axios.

U.S. counterintelligence officials said they believe Fang acted at the direction of China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS), the country’s main civilian spy agency.

U.S. officials said China’s intelligence operation broke up in mid-2015 when Fang left the U.S. amid the FBI-led probe.

Fang's ties to Rep. Eric Swalwell, which began when he was a councilmember for Dublin City, California, demonstrate China’s long game.

Swalwell rose to prominence rapidly, and in late 2012 became one of the youngest members of the U.S. House.
In January 2015, Swalwell was assigned a seat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, serving as the lead Democrat on the subcommittee on CIA oversight.

Details: Fang’s earliest known engagement with Swalwell occurred through the Chinese Student Association. By 2014, she had risen in local political circles and developed close ties to Swalwell’s office.

Fang "was a bundler" for Swalwell and other candidates, according to a Bay Area political operative with direct knowledge of her efforts. A current U.S. intelligence official confirmed her activity for Swalwell; a local elected official also said she brought in donors for other candidates. Bundlers persuade others to write checks for campaigns; they can bring in substantial sums of money as well as deepen the campaign’s engagement with target communities, making bundlers a valuable and thus potentially influential ally to a candidate.

The Bay Area political operative who witnessed Fang fundraising on Swalwell’s behalf was concerned whether donors she brought in were legally permitted to donate. They found no evidence of illegal contributions.

Fang facilitated the potential assignment of interns into Swalwell’s offices, the political operative said. In at least one case, an intern recommended by Fang was placed into Swalwell’s D.C. office, this person said. A current U.S. intelligence official confirmed the intern placement.

For Fang, targeting Swalwell made sense. His 2012 campaign — which was something of a longshot bid, pitting a young and relatively inexperienced city official against a longtime incumbent from the same party — relied heavily on Asian American support, said a former congressional staffer from the East Bay.

That made Swalwell's ties to the Chinese American community, and particularly APAPA, the Asian American civic organization, especially important.

SEE: https://www.axios.com/china-spy-california-politicians-9d2dfb99-f839-4e00-8bd8-59dec0daf589.html

ARTICLE ON Breitbart: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/12/08/report-chinese-spy-was-relationships-least-two-midwestern-mayors/
1   Ceffer   2020 Dec 8, 11:34am  

The Dems and a sizable plurality of Repubs and Deep (Shallow) Staters are just hookers under streetlights to the Chinese. It was easier than they thought.
2   WillPowers   2020 Dec 8, 11:37am  

Which brings to mind a staffer that worked for U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein as part of an effort to spy and pass on political intelligence to the Chinese government. The staffer, based in the Democrat's San Francisco office, was suspected of delivering political intelligence, though nothing top secret supposedly.

The FBI informed Feinstein, the then-chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, about five years ago about the staffer and allegations that the staffer was a spy. Feinstein was naturally mortified that the spy served as the lawmaker’s driver in California when the story broke back in 2018.

The driver was reportedly recruited years ago after he being befriended on one of the trips to Asia by someone from China’s Ministry of State Security, the country’s intelligence and security agency, the Chronicle reported.

SEE: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/feinstein-was-mortified-by-fbi-allegation-that-staffer-was-spy-for-china-report

AND they call Trump an agent for a foreign power. The Dems always point the finger away from themselves, but there are always three fingers pointing right back at them.
3   Ceffer   2020 Dec 8, 11:40am  

IHLlary's email server was a porous medium for passing intel along so that she didn't have to trudge to dead drops or engage in tradecraft for meetings. She just did it right out in the open. Clintons are double triple agents and are proud psychopaths that they can play the game.
4   Ceffer   2020 Dec 8, 11:43am  

WillPowers says
Feinstein was naturally mortified that the spy served as the lawmaker’s driver in California when the story broke back in 2018.


I doubt she was mortified at all, just mad she got caught. In addition to funneling profitable government slush to her husband (sale of Post Office real estate etc)., she was also involved in sale and lease of American public property to the Chinese, ostensibly to offset their massive holdings in US government bonds.
5   WillPowers   2020 Dec 8, 11:44am  

On Monday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe stated that China’s penetration into American government networks is “significant and growing every day.”

Host Tucker Carlson said, [relevant exchange begins around 3:00] “[G]ive us a sense of China’s penetration into our networks, government networks.”

Ratcliffe responded, “Well, it’s significant and growing every day. And Tucker, you made a great point in your opening about Russia. Listen, they’re a dangerous adversary. I don’t mean to minimize them, but you made the point correctly about economically, Russia can’t compete the way China can. The largest economy in the world is the United States. The second-largest is China. Russia’s not in the top ten. Italy, Brazil, and the state of Texas have a larger economy than Russia. So, as dangerous as Russia can be, they cannot compete with us the way China is, and China has a very specific plan to do that. And one of the ways that China has made their way to the top is they understand that information is the key to their dominance. So, they’re going to get there any way they possibly can. That’s what subsidizing Huawei and ZTE is all about. Those are Chinese companies that are run by the Chinese government. They know that they can steal more information if they run the telecommunications networks over which our information travels. That’s one of the ways that China has gotten so good in terms of getting into our networks and into our information society.”

SEE: https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2020/12/07/ratcliffe-chinas-penetration-of-govt-networks-significant-and-growing-every-day/
6   MisdemeanorRebel   2020 Dec 8, 11:48am  

@Rin

Not a big chested Asian though.



7   WillPowers   2020 Dec 8, 1:29pm  

Donald Trump Jr. accused Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell of sleeping with a Chinese spy following a bombshell report about a counterintelligence probe of an alleged spy who targeted politicians in California and around the country.

Daily Mail Story: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9031681/Donald-Trump-Jr-accuses-senior-Democrat-Eric-Swalwell-sleeping-Chinese-spy.html
8   WillPowers   2020 Dec 8, 1:31pm  

President Donald Trump has tweeted video of a Chinese professor suggesting that China has managed to influence U.S. policy for decades thanks to a special network of relationships with people at the upper echelons of American power.

The video, which had originally been posted on Weibo but has since been removed from Chinese social media according to Fox News, depicts Di Dongsheng, a professor and associate dean of the School of International Studies at Renmin University in Beijing.

SEE: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9029383/Trump-tweets-video-Chinese-professor-claiming-Beijing-swing-policy.html

Tim Pool speaks about this story on Daily Mail.

9   HunterTits   2020 Dec 8, 2:12pm  

Chinese generals would show up at Slick Willy's White House in the 90s with suitcases filled with cash.

So nothing new here.

Just take exception to the word 'target' in the byline. I mean, when you have an entire beach covered in Dem bitches ankle to ankle with their legs all spread out for the Chinese, one doesn't need to target anyone. Just randomly jump in a direction and start fucking the shit out of America!
10   WillPowers   2020 Dec 8, 10:24pm  

House Intel Committee Member Eric Swalwell (D-CA) tells CNN's John Berman and Poppy Harlow that he has seen classified information that strongly suggests collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.




He sits on the Intelligence Committee and no one makes a peep about him sharing a bed with a Chinese spy. If this was Trump, the press would roast his ass.
11   HeadSet   2020 Dec 9, 6:04am  

If this was Trump, the press would roast his ass.

This leads to another issue on why the Chinese and their deep state and corporate allies hate Trump - Trump cannot be bribed with either money or pussy.
12   RC2006   2020 Dec 9, 6:14am  

HeadSet says
If this was Trump, the press would roast his ass.

This leads to another issue on why the Chinese and their deep state and corporate allies hate Trump - Trump cannot be bribed with either money or pussy.


We have seen the worse of Trump. There is a treasure trove of blackmail on all of our politicians that have gotten rich in office.
13   Onvacation   2020 Dec 9, 7:06am  

WillPowers says
Donald Trump Jr. accused Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell of sleeping with a Chinese spy

I thought Swalwell was gay?
14   Karloff   2020 Dec 9, 7:55am  

Scum like Swalwell are apolitical whores who will do anything and everything to gain more power. They will pretend to hold any view, stand for any cause, hate anyone, like anyone, sleep with anyone, take money from anyone.

Trump gets years of investigation over dummied up accusations and fake dossiers, and these guys just get glossed over with a "meh" at best. Shows you how corrupt this system is and who the bad guys are, as if we didn't already know.

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