For 20 years, California Senator Dianne Feinstein had a Chinese spy on her office payroll.
It happened five years ago, but additional information is just surfacing about how the Bay Area senator’s office was infiltrated by a Chinese spy.
The column revealed that the Chinese spy was Feinstein’s driver who also served as a gofer in her Bay Area office and was a liaison to the Asian-American community.
He even attended Chinese consulate functions for the senator.
Feinstein — who was Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee at the time — was reportedly mortified when the FBI told her she’d be infiltrated.
Investigators reportedly concluded the driver hadn’t leaked anything of substance and Feinstein forced him to retire.
The media has closed ranks to protect Feinstein. When the story originally broke in Politico, it’s mention was literally one-sentence in paragraph eight followed by three sentences in paragraph 24. Now, imagine if Mitch McConnell had had a Chinese agent on his personal staff for 20 years.
Why? This occurred on the watch of James Comey and it was very unlikely that he was going to arrest a staff member of a prominent Democrat senator when he desperately wanted to keep his job. The articles try to downplay this by saying the spy never had a security clearance (whew, dodged a bullet, didn’t we?) but that is somewhere between disingenuous to dishonest. The best agents are “non persons.” By that I mean they are the people who can literally walk into a classified area and probably not be noticed: like janitors, like the mail guy, like the IT guy. In one agency I worked in the entire agency network was compromised by a “white hat” hacking outfit who sent their employees in by getting them jobs with the janitorial contractor and they wandered around after hours collecting userids and passwords from sticky pad notes on monitors. Remember this image from the false nuclear attack alert in Hawaii:
Not only does someone like a driver have access to a lot of places you might not think, they also hear all the conversations going on. And, for all we know, Feinstein’s car was bugged. It is not hard to imagine a situation where highly classified information was being discussed by Feinstein and others and they simply forgot the driver was even there.
What happened when this guy was caught was revealing. The driver wasn’t arrested, Feinstein let him retire rather than fire him, and she didn’t tell anyone else on her staff what had happened. The articles claim that he wasn’t arrested because he’d only passed along “political intelligence” to China so that couldn’t be prosecuted. That sounds like bullsh**. Without a vigorous questioning and turning his life upside down and doing a damage assessment involving Feinstein and everyone who was around this guy, I don’t know how you’d possibly conclude that the Chinese had placed someone on the staff of the Chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee to keep up on political gossip. Why didn’t we declare the Chinese intelligence officers running him persona not grata and expel them from the US? And if violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act is such a mucho serious offense as we’re being told it is, then why wasn’t he indicted under FARA?
The Prime Directive was obviously to do nothing to embarrass Feinstein and that is exactly how the FBI handled the situation. Compare and contrast it with the scorched earth policy the FBI has used in regards to the Trump campaign and administration.
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