A senior contributor at the Federalist is lamenting the lack of interest in investigating the report that a Chinese spy worked in the office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
Ben Weingarten, a senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, wrote that the “silence over a potential Chinese spy in Feinstein’s office is deafening.”
Noting the huge concern over attempts by foreign interests to influence American elections, the fact that the Chinese spy story “has seemingly died is simply stunning.”
“From the start, this was a story the media had no interest in covering. Now it is apparent that our political class has no interest in probing it,” he wrote.
Among the failures were media outlets’ decisions not to reveal that “Feinstein had cultivated a deep, longstanding, chummy relationship with China, including at the highest ranks of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), over a 40-year period. Or, perhaps, it was the other way around.”
WND reported Feinstein had a 20-year employee spying for China while she chaired the Senate Intelligence Committee. She was doing favors for the communist regime that coincided with her China investments, which have made her one of the richest members in Congress.
Investigative reporter Paul Sperry noted Feinstein’s multi-millionaire investor husband, Richard C. Blum, has been able to take large stakes in Chinese state-run steel and food companies, brokering more than $100 million in deals since 1996, when China began aggressively currying favor with his wife.
In a 2001 expose on Feinstein, Sperry, then WND’s Washington bureau chief, reported the business interests already had spanned two decades, going back to Feinstein’s tenure as San Francisco mayor, from 1978 to 1988.
The couple, Sperry pointed out in a New York Post piece, live in a $17 million mansion in San Francisco and keep a $5 million vacation home in Hawaii.
Politico Magazine that reported the Feinstein employee in her San Francisco office reported back to China’s Ministry of State Security for more than a decade before he was caught in 2013, according to the FBI.
Feinstein says that when the FBI informed her of his activities, she immediately fired him and insisted he had “no access to sensitive information” and that he was never charged with espionage.
But Sperry noted in his 2001 report that in June 1996 – after the staffer had begun working for Feinstein – the FBI discovered the Chinese government was attempting to curry favor with the senator.
At the time, Feinstein was a member of the East Asian and Pacific Affairs subcommittee of the Foreign Relations Committee, which oversees U.S.-China relations.
Weingarten notes that Feinstein “doggedly lobbied for integrating China into the global economic architecture and normalizing trade relations with the U.S., untethering these benefits from Chinese human rights improvements. Feinstein thereby served as an invaluable asset in enabling China’s economic rise.”
And he asked: “Did it concern anyone that the alleged spy himself, Russell Lowe — a name you also will not find in the mainstream press, or see on television — is seemingly gallivanting freely in California, working for a non-profit outfit dedicated to the issue of ‘comfort women?’
“This would surely please the CCP, who have engaged in a concerted campaign to leverage this issue as part of its anti-Japanese propaganda effort for years.”
Weingarten did note that to tackle the Feinstein-China story, the media would have to turn away from the “constant drumbeat of stories” against President Trump.
But the heart of the matter, he said, is the national security implications of a Chinese spy “with access to the most sensitive and highly classified information.”