Report claims suspected Chinese intelligence operative targeted politicians

A Chinese intelligence operation in the U.S. allegedly included a female operative who had ties to a Democratic congressman and at least two mayors.
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Mars B 2024. Guys. Okay, Marcus, thanks very much. We move to that spy story reported by axios targeting American politicians with a female operative with ties to a democratic congressman and intimate relationships with at least two midwestern mayors. Martha Raddatz has the story, good morning, Martha. Reporter: Good morning, George. It is a story straight out of a spy novel. Alleging steaminess and skulduggery strg from China to capitol hill. Her name, Christine fang, and according to an axios investigation, a suspected Chinese intelligence operative who targeted up and coming politicians from 2011 to 2015. It began years ago. It is alleged through charm and campaign fund-raising. Hoping to gain people's trust, so that she could perhaps in the future help them change their mind on China policy and just generally give the Chinese government close insight. Reporter: Axios reporting that fang even wound up in romantic or sexual relationships with two midwest mayors. As they looked further into what she was doing there were major red flags and they put surveillance on her and that's when they picked up some of her sexual activities and realized that she was getting to some politicians. Reporter: But the biggest fish she targeted according to axios, California congressman Eric Swalwell, a Democrat on the house intelligence committee. Fang was fund-raiser in Swalwell's 2014 campaign and helped get an intern a spot on his staff. An FBI counterintelligence team was so alarmed by fang's efforts according to the report they alerted Swalwell who immediately cut off all ties and says he offered help to the FBI. He is not accused of any wrongdoing. It was around that time of that investigation that axios reports fang returned to China. Fang has not been charged with any crime. And while fang has now left the country, U.S. Officials have no doubt that China will try to gather political intelligence in the U.S. Anyway they can. Robin. All right. Thank you, Martha. Always good to have you with us.

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