A suspected Chinese spy targeted prominent California Democrats according to new reports.
According to The Washington Free Beacon:
Fang Fang—also known as Christine Fang—a Chinese national who came into contact with prominent California Democrats from 2011 to 2015, gathered intelligence on politicians such as Rep. Ro Khanna (D., Calif.) and former presidential candidate Rep. Eric Swalwell (D., Calif.).
Fang served as a volunteer organizer for Khanna’s unsuccessful 2014 House campaign, attending several events with the Democrat. Fang also helped fundraise for Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D., Hawaii) in 2013 and has appeared in photos with Rep. Judy Chu (D., Calif.) and former representative Mike Honda (D., Calif.).
Fang’s connections to Swalwell allowed her to place at least one intern in the congressman’s office, according to the Axios report. Fang worked as a fundraiser for Swalwell’s congressional campaign, and her Facebook friends list includes Swalwell’s brother and father in addition to Khanna. In Swalwell’s capacity as the lead Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee’s CIA subcommittee, he had access to sensitive national security information.
During her time in the Bay Area, Fang kept in close contact with the Chinese consulate in San Francisco, one U.S. intelligence official told Axios. Fang also traveled across the country and engaged in sexual relationships with two unnamed Midwestern mayors.
Axios first reported the story and said that she raised red flags when she was traveling the country acquainting herself with U.S. politicians.