(National Sentinel) Criminal Negligence: One of the biggest espionage scandals of the century was briefly exposed earlier this month after a California newspaper reported that a Chinese spy had worked for Sen. Dianne Feinstein for 20 years.
Politico — a Left-wing “mainstream” news source if there ever was one — included the bombshell detail as part of a larger report detailing Chinese (and Russian) spying in Silicon Valley, where the nerve center for cutting-edge U.S. technology development is located.
Reporter Zach Dorfman noted from San Francisco:
Political espionage happens here, too. China, for example, is certainly out to steal U.S. technology secrets, noted former intelligence officials, but it also is heavily invested in traditional political intelligence gathering, influence and perception-management operations in California. Former intelligence officials told me that Chinese intelligence once recruited a staff member at a California office of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, and the source reported back to China about local politics.
More details followed though many of them were ignored by the national Left-wing ‘mainstream’ media. It turns out the spy was Feinstein’s driver; it also turned out that Feinstein — a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee — also has a long history of lobbying on behalf of Chinese interests.
Investigative journalist Paul Sperry reported:
Turns out that Communist China had a spy in her office. A 20-year employee of Feinstein’s, the agent had been reporting back to China’s Ministry of State Security for well over a decade before he was caught in 2013, according to the FBI.
Fast-forward to this week.
A report in The Daily Caller by Richard Pollack said two U.S. intelligence sources confirmed that China had hacked Hillary’s private email server and Beijing’s spies were able to view all of her emails in real time — as she sent and received them (sometimes from POTUS Barack Obama himself):
A Chinese-owned company operating in the Washington, D.C., area hacked Hillary Clinton’s private server throughout her term as secretary of state and obtained nearly all her emails, two sources briefed on the matter told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
The Chinese firm obtained Clinton’s emails in real time as she sent and received communications and documents through her personal server, according to the sources, who said the hacking was conducted as part of an intelligence operation.
The Chinese wrote code that was embedded in the server, which was kept in Clinton’s residence in upstate New York. The code generated an instant “courtesy copy” for nearly all of her emails and forwarded them to the Chinese company, according to the sources.
An FBI counterintelligence official at was notified of the breach but did nothing; his name is Peter Strzok, The DC noted further.
In May 2017, The New York Times filed a report that was huge inside the U.S. intelligence community but didn’t get widely reported (because it involved a period of time when Barack Obama was still president):
The Chinese government systematically dismantled C.I.A. spying operations in the country starting in 2010, killing or imprisoning more than a dozen sources over two years and crippling intelligence gathering there for years afterward.
Current and former American officials described the intelligence breach as one of the worst in decades. It set off a scramble in Washington’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies to contain the fallout, but investigators were bitterly divided over the cause. Some were convinced that a mole within the C.I.A. had betrayed the United States. Others believed that the Chinese had hacked the covert system the C.I.A. used to communicate with its foreign sources. Years later, that debate remains unresolved.
But there was no disagreement about the damage. From the final weeks of 2010 through the end of 2012, according to former American officials, the Chinese killed at least a dozen of the C.I.A.’s sources. According to three of the officials, one was shot in front of his colleagues in the courtyard of a government building — a message to others who might have been working for the C.I.A.
Still others were put in jail. All told, the Chinese killed or imprisoned 18 to 20 of the C.I.A.’s sources in China, according to two former senior American officials, effectively unraveling a network that had taken years to build.
Given what we know now about a Chinese spy inside the office of a powerful Senate Intelligence Committee Democrat and a the Chinese breach of a former Democratic secretary of state, it beyond the pale to ask whether Feinstein or Hillary Clinton may have been responsible for this deadly breach of the CIA’s China network.