Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell had a relationship with an alleged Chinese Spy (1 Viewer)

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The woman at the center of the operation, a Chinese national named Fang Fang or Christine Fang, targeted up-and-coming local politicians in the Bay Area and across the country who had the potential to make it big on the national stage.

  • Through campaign fundraising, extensive networking, personal charisma, and romantic or sexual relationships with at least two Midwestern mayors, Fang was able to gain proximity to political power, according to current and former U.S. intelligence officials and one former elected official.
  • Even though U.S. officials do not believe Fang received or passed on classified information, the case "was a big deal, because there were some really, really sensitive people that were caught up" in the intelligence network, a current senior U.S. intelligence official said.
  • Private but unclassified information about government officials — such as their habits, preferences, schedules, social networks, and even rumors about them — is a form of political intelligence. Collecting such information is a key part of what foreign intelligence agencies do.
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.

It is quite ironic that Swalwell was one of the biggest purveyors of the Russia conspiracy theory while he knew that he had been cultivated by an alleged Chinese spy. Why did Swalwell and Feinstein receive defensive briefings from the FBI on China, but Trump didn't get a defensive briefing on Russia?

 

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The woman at the center of the operation, a Chinese national named Fang Fang or Christine Fang, targeted up-and-coming local politicians in the Bay Area and across the country who had the potential to make it big on the national stage.

  • Through campaign fundraising, extensive networking, personal charisma, and romantic or sexual relationships with at least two Midwestern mayors, Fang was able to gain proximity to political power, according to current and former U.S. intelligence officials and one former elected official.
  • Even though U.S. officials do not believe Fang received or passed on classified information, the case "was a big deal, because there were some really, really sensitive people that were caught up" in the intelligence network, a current senior U.S. intelligence official said.
  • Private but unclassified information about government officials — such as their habits, preferences, schedules, social networks, and even rumors about them — is a form of political intelligence. Collecting such information is a key part of what foreign intelligence agencies do.
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.

It is quite ironic that Swalwell was one of the biggest purveyors of the Russia conspiracy theory while he knew that he had been cultivated by an alleged Chinese spy. Why did Swalwell and Feinstein receive defensive briefings from the FBI on China, but Trump didn't get a defensive briefing on Russia?

What do you mean by “Trump didn’t get briefings from the FBI on Russia”? Are you talking about the 2016 campaign? It could be because he wasn’t the president or president-elected and didn’t have clearances. Just a wild guess.
 

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You forgot to copy and paste something:


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.
The article isn't about Sowell either. It is about China's attempt to gain access to high level politicians.

And no, it is not ironic that Sowell was critical of Russia's meddling in the elections, given the experience he had with the Chinese national.

Stop wasting our time.
 
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It is quite ironic that Swalwell was one of the biggest purveyors of the Russia conspiracy theory while he knew that he had been cultivated by an alleged Chinese spy. Why did Swalwell and Feinstein receive defensive briefings from the FBI on China, but Trump didn't get a defensive briefing on Russia?


You can argue what should or shouldn't have been done, but on a basic level I think circumstances are different between the two situations in that the Trump campaign had individuals in it and in its orbit who had very checkered pasts and were actively welcoming help from Russians and other foreigners and foreign entities in... shady at best.. attempts to aid the Trump campaign in winning the 2016 presidential election.

From the Axios article, it sounds like Swalwell's situation was not viewed by authorities as him acting nefariously in nature and it seems like it may have occurred as a result of his naivety more than anything else.
 

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You forgot to copy and paste something:



The article isn't about Sowell either. It is about China's attempt to gain access to high level politicians.

And no, it is not ironic that Sowell was critical of Russia's meddling in the elections, given the experience he had with the Chinese national.

Stop wasting our time.
It didn't fit the agenda.

Just another garbage drive-by "both sides" thread.
 

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You forgot to copy and paste something:



The article isn't about Sowell either. It is about China's attempt to gain access to high level politicians.

And no, it is not ironic that Sowell was critical of Russia's meddling in the elections, given the experience he had with the Chinese national.

Stop wasting our time.

He can't help but waste our time since he wastes all his
 

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Where are the pictures dammit?
 

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