Accused Chinese Spy Christine Fang built close relationships with prominent California politicians to help influence them on foreign policy. Why isn’t this bombshell being widely reported?
A Chinese national has been accused of being an intelligence operative for the Communist nation, cultivating relationships with a network of politicians from California from 2011 until 2015 according to an investigation by Axios.
- Fang Fang, also known as Christine Fang, entrenched herself in northern California’s local and regional Democratic politics, even volunteering in the office of Fremont, California’s mayor.
- Fang also got close with Congressman Eric Swalwell, who unsuccessfully ran for president in 2020, was involved in at least one congressional campaign, and served as a fundraiser for Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.
- While it is believed Fang did not access classified information, she triggered alarm bells within American intelligence agencies because “some really, really sensitive people” became close to her according to one senior intel official.
- Fang’s suspected operations were not exclusive to California, as she allegedly had sexual relations with two Midwestern mayors, including one Ohio mayor whose tryst with Fang was recorded by the FBI.
- Swalwell’s office pushed back on the story and any suggestions that Swalwell was compromised, saying he immediately cut ties with Fang as soon as he was alerted by federal investigators about their suspicions. Swalwell also accused President Trump of engineering the story to embarrass him.
- Business Insider’s reporting named many more politicians who had contact with Fang, and capped their story with important background on American intelligence’s focus on China, including DNI John Ratcliffe’s Wall Street Journal op-ed and media blitz in which he called China “the greatest threat to America.”
- The Daily Beast briefly mentioned the story, focusing on Fang’s use of sexual relations and separately, her close ties with Swalwell.
- As of 7AM on Wednesday, searches on NBC News, The Washington Post, and The New York Times turned up no reporting whatsoever on the incident.
- The New York Post’s reporting provided more details than other outlets outside of Axios on how Fang became a target of the FBI.
- Fox News host Laura Ingraham highlighted the story about Fang and said it is an example of “what should have been known all along”, stating that Communist China’s decades of intelligence operations is the major threat, and criticizing some in corporate American for “kowtowing” to the Communist government.
- National Review noted Swalwell’s unwillingness to cooperate with Axios for the story.
© Dallas Gerber, 2020