Chinese Communist Party Operatives 'Embedded' in Western Governments, Data Leak Shows
Huge leak 'exposes' CCP's 'loyal members' - mayor firms in US, UK, Australia 'infiltrated'
Chinese Communist Party (CCP) operatives have "infiltrated" the upper echelons of Western nations by "embedding" themselves in governments and top companies, a huge data leak has revealed.
Loyal members of China's ruling dictatorship are working in top government roles in the United States, UK, and Australia.
Operatives are also strategically positioned in universities and some of the West's leading companies.
The mass infiltration was exposed in an extraordinary leaked database of 1.95 million registered CCP members.
The leak reveals how Beijing's malign influence now stretches into almost every corner of Western life, including defence firms, banks, and pharmaceutical giants.
CCP members – who swear a solemn oath to "guard Party secrets, be loyal to the Party, work hard, fight for communism throughout my life...and never betray the Party" – are now living and working all over the world.
The data lists names, party positions, date of birth, national identification number, ethnicity, and — in some cases — their telephone number, according to The Daily Wire.
The database “lifts the lid on how the party operates under President and Chairman Xi Jinping,” Australia’s Sky News reported on Sunday.
The leak “shows that party branches are embedded in some of the world’s biggest companies, and even inside government agencies."
“Communist Party branches have been set up inside western companies, allowing the infiltration of those companies by CCP members — who, if called on, are answerable directly to the communist party, to the Chairman, the president himself,” said Sky News’ Sharri Markson.
“Along with the personal identifying details of 1.95 million communist party members, mostly from Shanghai, there are also the details of 79,000 communist party branches, many of them inside companies.”
Markson also inferred that this security breach would likely embarrass both Xi Jinping and “some global companies who appear to have no plan in place to protect their intellectual property from theft.”
According to the Daily Mail, communist party members are “understood to have jobs in British consulates,” and that “Beijing’s malign influence now stretches into almost every corner of British life, including defence firms, banks and pharmaceutical giants.”
“Detailed analysis” has revealed that Pfizer and AstraZeneca employed 123 “party loyalists,” and that “there were more than 600 party members across 19 branches working at the British banks HSBC and Standard Chartered in 2016.”
In addition, “firms with defence industry interests” like Airbus, Boeing, and Rolls-Royce “employed hundreds of party members.”
In The Mail on Sunday, former British Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith wrote that this discovery “proves that members of the Chinese Communist Party are now spread around the globe, with members working for some of the world’s most important multinational corporations, academic institutions and our own diplomatic services.”
Concluding, Sky News’s Markson said that it “is worth noting that there’s no suggestion that these members have committed espionage — but the concern is over whether Australia or these companies knew of the CCP members and if so have any steps been taken to protect their data and people.”
A spokesperson for the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China — a group “which comprises more than 150 legislators around the world who are concerned by the influence and activities of the Chinese government” — released a statement saying that a representative of the organization had “received this list from a non-governmental source, but was not in a position to verify it,” and that journalists had “since investigated and their findings are disturbing indeed.”
As Neon Nettle reported last week, bombshell details have emerged about Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell's (D-CA) relationship with a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) spy.
Fang targeted several aspiring politicians from 2011 to 2015, with a reported focus on Swalwell, a former Democratic presidential candidate.
Over the years, the CCP operative reportedly helped raise funding for Swalwell, who is, rather worryingly, a member of the House Intelligence Committee.
Swalwell has so far refused to say whether he had a sexual relationship with Fang, arguing that the information is "classified."