Shortly after John Ratcliffe, the director of national intelligence, revealed in an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal last week that Chinese agents have targeted U.S. lawmakers more than any other country, including Russia and Iran, in order to shape U.S. policy in favor of Beijing; Fox News' Tucker Carlson exposed a leaked video deleted from Chinese social media of a professor saying that China “has people at the top of America’s core inner circle of power and influence.”
As The Mental Recession blog detailed, Carlson begins by noting that "the very people who ranted so hysterically about Russia, were, even as they were yelling about Vladimir Putin, in fact, they were doing precisely what they claim to decry... They were working on behalf of a foreign power. Our chief global rival, the government of China. The Russia hoax effectively was a diversion, it hid something that’s not a hoax at all but is real and threatening to all of us..."
"We will spend the foreseeable future reporting on the relationship between America’s political-financial elites and the communist government of China that made many of them very rich. But, we want to start tonight with the evidence, with a remarkable video..."
"This video recorded over a week ago on November 28th. The man you’re about to see speak is a professor from Beijing. The video comes from an appearance he made on a Chinese television show about Wall Street and international trade. He works at a university in Beijing. He’s like so many in academia and a servant of his country’s government. This video was deleted from Chinese social media soon after being uploaded. There’s a reason for that as you will see..."
>> [Speaking in a foreign language] [Laughter]
>> Tucker: There’s a lot of garbage floating around, and a lot of fake things. That video is real and those subtitles are accurate. Checks in with two different Chinese speakers and they confirmed it. But he just said, when you read on the screen tells the story. This is close to a smoking gun as we’ve ever seen. “We have people at the top of America’s core inner circle of power and influence. According to the man you just saw, that’s been true for decades. How many people work in media and government? He didn’t say precisely. At one point of the video he described a Chinese agent working as a top Wall Street financial institute. I can’t say more without making political trouble.
He did tell his audience that one agent in particular was especially useful. He goes on at some length about her. He describes her as an American who’s worked abroad for many years, who is now a Chinese citizen. This seems to baffle him a little bit. At the Chinese government doesn’t allow dual citizenship, what would they? Why would anyone? He seems pleased that the U.S. Government is foolish enough to allow it. He explains that this American agent who at lives part of the year in Beijing helps with the propaganda operation in the city of Washington in 2015. He goes on to describe in some detail. The Obama Administration was easy to manipulate, he suggests, they helped. The Chinese had many friends among the Obama people. The problem came when Donald Trump was elected after that he says, everything changed.
>> [Speaking in a foreign language]
>> Tucker: Since the 1970s, he said, he is in the in economics professor, Wall Street has had an enormous over the way the United States operates over American policy. The Chinese government he says has enormous influence on Wall Street. And the arrangement works very well for a long time. Then Donald Trump unexpectedly was elected in 2016. Wall Street was infuriated. Wall Street can’t fix Trump, he said, but they tried. This solves the mystery. If you’re wondering why the political class has stood by and allowed the Chinese government to degrade this country and our way of life, why they stood by as a Chinese government flooded the United States with deadly opioids that killed hundreds of thousands of people, or stood by as the Chinese government ripped off billions of intellectual property from the companies. There’s your answer. This year, the chairman of Harvard’s chemistry department was arrested for taking $50,000 a month from the Chinese communist party intern for sending secrets and referring top scientists to Beijing. It barely rated as a scandal. You might not be aware it happened. Why? Because so many are on the take. Donald Trump was an impediment to the very lucrative arrangement. For that reason, he explains in the video, America’s most powerful elites, he calls them gnats, got to work on electing a new president. Again, read the words at the bottom of your screen as he speaks.
>> [Speaking in a foreign language] [Laughter] [Applause]
>> Tucker: Ohl, Donald Trump you know it’s because the Chinese do pay close attention, Donald Trump has complained about Hunter Biden. His ties to the Chinese government. Those are real, he just confirmed. So, now you know why you weren’t allowed to talk about Hunter Biden’s laptop. Why big business aligned as one, the tech companies and the rest, to suppress that story. Because they were implicated in it. Back in October we interviewed a man called Tony Bob Linsky, interviewed him because nobody else would. 20 Paul Belinsky was a business partner of the Bidens. If he was when he told us about China.
>> In the document you guys had and I think has been provided the world, the Chinese reference that because of their trust in the Biden family, the chairman and director were excited about moving forward in this. In the documents, they reference loaning $5 million to the family. The bd family is the Biden family.
>> What are the implications of this going forward if Joe Biden is elected president which could very well happen.
>> Tucker: How does this constrain his abilities to work with China?
>> I think they’re compromised.
>> Tucker: I think Joe Biden and the Biden family are compromised, with China. I think he’s right about that and the Bidens are far from the only ones being compromised.
And just in case you feel that this is merely a "debunked conspiracy theory from some alt-right conspiracy media discussing a conspiracy," a year-long investigation by no lesser liberal media outlet than Axios has found that a suspected Chinese spy developed close relationships with U.S. politicians as a way to gain access to and influence U.S. political circles.
As Annaliese Levy reports for SaraACarter.com, Christine Fang, also known as Fang Fang, was able to gain access to politicians through campaign fundraising, extensive networking and romantic or sexual relationships, according to Axios. She became particularly close with Democratic California Rep. Eric Swalwell, the report noted.
Fang enrolled as a student at California State University East Bay in 2011. She became involved in politics and went to extraordinary lengths to meet and befriend U.S. politicians.
She came into contact with many of California’s most prominent political figures.
Fang reportedly interacted with Swalwell at several political events, helped fundraise for his re-election campaign and put at least one intern into his office.
Fang also fundraised for Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, as well as had a romantic or sexual relationship with at least two midwest mayors, according to the report.
Fang’s activities became suspicious and she was put under FBI surveillance.
“The fact that she was traveling around the country” getting close to U.S. politicians “was a big red flag,” an FBI official told Axios. “She was on a mission.”
Fang portrayed herself ‘to be the connector between the Asian American community and members of Congress,’ sources told Axios.
A source also told Axios that Fang served as a ‘bundler’ during Swalwell’s 2014 Congress re-election campaign on his behalf, meaning she convinced others to donate to his campaign operations.
In 2015, FBI agents reportedly became alarmed at Fang’s activities. They alerted Swalwell and he immediately cut off all ties to Fang, according to a current U.S. intelligence official.
Fang left the country unexpectedly in 2015 amid the investigation.
Many of Fang’s political contacts were surprised about her sudden disappearance, Axios explained.
She reportedly had plans to attend a June 2015 event in Washington D.C., but suddenly said she couldn’t make it and needed to return to China.
“She disappeared off the face of everything,” Gilbert Wong, former mayor of Cupertino, California, told Axios.
Swalwell’s office provided a statement to Axios that 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.”
Since the Fang probe, the FBI has prioritized investigations into Chinese influence operations. The agency created a unit dedicated to countering Beijing’s operations at state and local levels in May 2019.
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, according to Axios.
U.S. officials supposedly believe Fang’s real reason for being in the U.S was to gather political intelligence and to influence rising U.S. officials on China-related issues.
Fang has not returned to the U.S. and has appeared to have cut off contact with her networks she spent years building in California, Axios reported.
“Fang’s case shows how a single determined individual, allegedly working for Beijing, can gain access to sensitive U.S. political circles,” Axios reported.