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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xa-w2MTKRA

  • #2
    Now Swalwell can be known for something other than farting on live TV.

    Suspected Chinese spy targeted California politicians


    Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, Zach Dorfman of the Aspen Institute
    Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

    A suspected Chinese intelligence operative developed extensive ties with local and national politicians, including a U.S. congressman, in what U.S. officials believe was a political intelligence operation run by China’s main civilian spy agency between 2011 and 2015, Axios found in a yearlonginvestigation.

    Why it matters: The alleged operation offers a rare window into how Beijing has tried to gain access toand influence U.S. political circles.
    • While this suspected operative’s activities appear to have ended during the Obama administration, concerns about Beijing's influence operations have spanned President Trump’s time in office and will continue to be a core focus for U.S. counterintelligence during the Biden administration.
    Clockwise from top left: Fang with then-Dublin City Councilmember Eric Swalwell at an October 2012 student event; undated photo of Fang, now former Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison and Rep. Judy Chu; Fang with then-Rep. Mike Honda and then-San Jose city Councilmember Ash Kalra at a March 2014 event at the Chinese Embassy in D.C. Sources: Renren, Facebook, Facebook
    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.

    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.

    Between the lines: The case demonstrates China’s strategy of cultivating relationships that may take years or even decades to bear fruit. The Chinese Communist Party knows that today’s mayors and city council members are tomorrow’s governors and members of Congress.
    • In the years since the Fang probe, the FBI has prioritized investigations into Chinese influence operations, creating a unit in May 2019 within the bureau solely dedicated to countering Beijing’s activities at the state and local levels. U.S. national security officials believe the threat posed by China has only grown with time.
    • "She was just one of lots of agents," said a current senior U.S. intelligence official.
    • Beijing "is engaged in a highly sophisticated malign foreign influence campaign," FBI director Chris Wray said in a July 2020 speech. These efforts involve "subversive, undeclared, criminal, or coercive attempts to sway our government’s policies, distort our country's public discourse, and undermine confidence in our democratic processes and values," Wray said.

    The FBI declined to comment. The Chinese Embassy in Washington did not respond to a request for comment.

    Details: Axios spoke with four current and former U.S. intelligence officials about the case over a period of more than a year. They requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media about the case.
    • Axios also spoke with 22 current and former elected officials, political operatives, and former students who knew Fang personally when she was based in the United States.

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    • #3
      I read this yesterday. It is so similar to the case of the female Russian spy who was working all of the gun lobbyists, donors and politicians a few years back. I believe she is still awaiting trial. I wonder if we have female spies in Iran, Russia, North Korea or China.

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      • #4
        YouTube is announcing their new Communist style censorship on their platform...mass censoring and de-platforming of Conservative content.

        https://www.thewrap.com/youtube-will...g-voter-fraud/

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        • #5
          Good for them.

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          • #6
            Eye, you may be ok with this specific instance of censorship, but one day soon you may not be ok with the next topic that will be censored by big tech. Very Orwellian of you. This is something no individual anywhere on the political spectrum should be ok with, regardless of your stance on this topic. Freedom is too important.
            Last edited by lifetimewrestler; 12-09-2020, 10:29 PM.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by eyecu2 View Post
              Good for them.
              I don't think you understand what you are saying. YouTube is a private corporation, but they are basically a monopoly. Silencing opposition like that is just a few steps away loosing our freedom of speech. What if Trump could tell you what you could say and where you could say it? When you lose your ability to speak out against the government, you have lost America.

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              • #8
                We have already lost America. Fortunately it will be found on January 20th 2021.

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                • #9
                  Eye, can you say that with a straight face now with everything about James and hunter biden? Let me guess it’s all fake news and trump’s fault?
                  Last edited by lifetimewrestler; 12-11-2020, 12:11 AM.

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                  • #10
                    So LT, when we all questioned Trump's tax returns and lack of transparency there, all we were told is "so what no big deal his personal finances are his business as long as he's doing his job why would I care about petty stuff like that." Now the President elect child, not the President elect, his Son is caught up in some IRS BS and we're now supposed to be outraged. Both sides want it both ways it's why this two party system is a joke and has become even more divisive over the last decade or so

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                    • #11
                      Pot meet kettle. If the Biden's are crooked they should be prosecuted just as the Trump family should be prosecuted for their corruption and fraud.

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                      • #12
                        Agreed 1000%. Corruption runs rampant throughout DC and politicians in general neither the Dems or Repubs have cornered the market they're both equally responsible and should be held accountable if the facts warrant it.

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                        • #13
                          Wait till you see what's on that laptop.

                          Hunters business partner, Devon Archer, is already in prison.
                          Last edited by MAL; 12-12-2020, 12:44 AM.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by HuffHall View Post
                            So LT, when we all questioned Trump's tax returns and lack of transparency there, all we were told is "so what no big deal his personal finances are his business as long as he's doing his job why would I care about petty stuff like that." Now the President elect child, not the President elect, his Son is caught up in some IRS BS and we're now supposed to be outraged. Both sides want it both ways it's why this two party system is a joke and has become even more divisive over the last decade or so
                            You got to see Trumps tax returns. I don't remember anything that looked like corruption.

                            Hunter had to give his dad part of the take. I don't really think Hunter is the master mind. He would not have been getting paid millions from nations all around the world if his name wasn't Biden.

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                            • #15
                              I’ve never once brought up nor have I issued an opinion on trumps taxes so eye not sure what your pot meets kettle is referring to. I was questioning your anti freedom of speech tds symptoms because your willing to throw American freedoms to the wayside because you hate one man. It’s sad really. Same to you huff I have never said that if any evidence warrants an investigation against trump that it shouldn’t occur. Evidence clearly warrants an investigation with the Biden fam, and should occur where as investigations thus far have been set up against the Trump fam and are continuously started without cause. By the way huff, if you think this is only about the IRS your kidding yourself. I’m sure nothing will come from it once the transition occurs but cmon man!
                              Last edited by lifetimewrestler; 12-13-2020, 12:27 AM.

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