Somehow I suspect that there will be a good deal less interest in this than in the Russiagate fantasies that the 2016 presidential outcome was somehow altered with Facebook ads.
It’s just your friendly neighborhood Chinese Communist agent.
The Justice Department accused Chinese intelligence of attempting to undermine the congressional candidacy of a former Tiananmen Square protest leader-turned-retired U.S. Army chaplain in a criminal harassment and intimidation scheme.
The charges were leveled against Qiming Lin, a former Chinese police officer who later joined China’s Ministry of State Security, which is China’s internal intelligence and secret police agency.
Despite the name, members of these units are all over America, Canada, and foreign countries, operating abroad as if they were at home, threatening, intimidating, and even kidnapping their targets.
Lin allegedly hired a private investigator last year in an effort to stop the candidacy of Xiong Yan, who is listed as “The Victim” in the court filings but is easily identifiable, with potential plans to stop Yan including digging up dirt, pushing falsehoods, and potentially even using violence.
Also textbook. Chicom operatives routinely outsource the work to American PIs, particularly the shady kind willing to do any kind of dirty work and then pretend that they didn’t know whom they were working for, creating plausible deniability for China. But in this case they misjudged the guy they hired.
The FBI says Lin hired a private investigator, and the investigator turned around and informed the bureau in September.
In a recorded conversation in November, Lin told the investigator that “if you don’t find anything after following him for a few weeks, can we manufacture something.” He stressed, “We don’t want him to be elected.”
The bureau says Lin wanted to see if there was a scandal that could be released, such as an extramarital affair or theft, and if there wasn’t, then he asked, “Can they create some?”
Among the “flaws” Lin instructed the investigator to look into were “unreported, unpaid taxes” or “[e]xtramarital affairs; affairs; uh, sexual harassment; or child porn; eh, [homosexual activity], things of that nature.” Lin said the investigator could use “cops, or lawyers, or the courts … or some sort of channel … to see, to see if he had any flaws, we dig it back up.” Lin also suggested that “you go find a girl for him, see if he would take the bait.”
The Chinese agent said: “There are some who speak negatively about China. … The people who always speak up, you need to pay attention to them. If possible — possible to get some information, then this side will hold you in very high regards in the future.”