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 yearlong investigation.
Axios broke the story on Fang, alleging she had sexual and romantic relationships with two unnamed Midwestern mayors, including one in Ohio. She also forged political connections with a host of local and national politicians, among them a U.S. congressman, according to Axios.
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) is refusing to say if he had sex with an accused Chinese spy who cozied up to a slew of US elected officials, including him, in a bid to infiltrate the US political system.
The 40-year-old congressman was among a group of Bay Area Democrats targeted by the honeytrap — also known as Christine Fang.
Fang — accused of being an operative for China’s Ministry of State Security, the country’s top intelligence organization — first interacted with Swalwell when he served on the Dublin City Council in California, according to Politico.
In 2012, Swalwell defeated longtime Democratic incumbent Rep. Pete Stark, a stunning upset that made him a star member of the incoming freshman class.
A couple of years later, Fang was reportedly bundling donor checks for Swalwell’s re-election campaign and also helped place an intern in his office, according to the Axios report, which cited current and former US intelligence officials.
There is no evidence of any illegal contributions being made, and Federal Election Commission records don’t indicate that Fang made any donations.
Foreign nationals are prohibited from making US political donations.
As the New York Post reported while Swalwell said he has cut off all contacts with Fang, his father, Eric, and brother, Joshua, still have the honeytrap listed as a friend on their Facebook pages.
And she shared a 2016 post from Joshua that linked to a video of him and his congressman brother.
Also, another so-called conspiracy emerged surrounding Fang.
If you enter Christine Fang name while searching opensecrets.org from the 2016 election cycle that’s based on Federal Election Commission data you get this:
The numbers on the page are based on contributions from PACs, Levin money donors, and individuals giving $200 or more, as reported to the Federal Election Commission.
This could be a different person, especially considering the date as she reportedly left our country in 2015. Public records show a number of people with this name first and last name, some with different middle initials.
But given the fact that Swalwell said he first became aware that Axios was looking into Fang’s activities in July 2019, just as he was ending his brief and unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, this spy could have been on the DNC payroll in 2016.
The story is developing, check back later for more updates.
Natalie Dagenhardt is an American conservative writer who writes for Right Journalism! Natalie has described herself as a polemicist who likes to “stir up the pot,” and does not “pretend to be impartial or balanced, as broadcasters do,” drawing criticism from the left, and sometimes from the right. As a passionate journalist, she works relentlessly to uncover the corruption happening in Washington. She is a “constitutional conservative”.