(UnitedVoice.com) – President Joe Biden’s son is in the spotlight again, as Senate investigators dig up the extent of his links to communist China. There are serious questions to be answered about why Biden tolerated his troubled son’s business dealings with a hostile power, but according to a former US intelligence officer, the real problem is much bigger. It isn’t just Hunter Biden that’s of interest to China; they’re trying to gather data on every American they meet.
Hunter’s Worrying Contacts
Hunter Biden’s business dealings have been a concern for years. Despite not having any very obvious talents, the president’s son has held a string of well-paid positions with foreign companies — and there’s a lingering suspicion that what those companies were paying for wasn’t Hunter’s good judgment and managerial skills; it was access to his father. The latest revelations in the probe into his contacts with China won’t do anything to dispel those fears.
Investigators reporting to the Senate Finance Committee’s ranking member, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) say that Hunter’s Chinese business contacts are linked to their country’s military intelligence organization. For example, CEFC China Energy, which paid $4.8 million to firms controlled by Hunter in 2017, was founded by Ye Jianming. Ye is well known for hiring ex-communist party officials, and his company is financed by the Beijing regime. He’s also linked to the People’s Liberation Army intelligence agency — and he’s been doing business with the Biden family since 2015. Audio files retrieved from Hunter’s notorious laptop show him calling Ye a “business partner” — and admitting that he knew one of Ye’s associates is a Chinese spy chief.
Industrial Scale Espionage
When people like Ye try to do deals with Americans, they probably don’t just have business in mind. Investigator Tony Shaffer, a former Defense Intelligence Agency officer, says, “Every aspect of Chinese culture” is exploited to gather intelligence about the US — and that includes business links.
Businesses are also a good way to hide payments, and money is a common recruitment tool used by intelligence officers. Potential agents can be lured in by greed; once they’ve taken the money, they can be blackmailed with the threat of revealing the first payment. Agent handlers call this “setting the hook,” and CEFC appears to have dangled a $4.8 million hook in front of Hunter Biden.
Shaffer says the Hunter Biden case is just the tip of the iceberg. He warned that anytime you have contact with a Chinese national, “you have to assume that the Chinese government is going to be informed.” According to the former spy, Chinese nationals in the US don’t hesitate to use their own wives and children to collect intelligence. If those amateur spies find someone of interest, it’s safe to assume they’ll pass the name on to professional intelligence officers who will start the recruitment process.
How many Americans have been targeted this way? It’s impossible to say; the FBI simply doesn’t have the resources to investigate every contact with a Chinese citizen. You can bet Hunter Biden isn’t the only one that’s taken Beijing’s money, though.
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