Time for a Biden-China Special Counsel

There was always something suspicious about the media suddenly reversing itself on the Wuhan lab leak theory. Sure, the media has relaxed its anti-Trump reflex since Joe Biden assumed office. But why embarrass the entire establishment media? It’s not like anyone ever apologized for framing Trump for colluding with the Russians. So what if the wet market theory turned out to be a lie? It seems totally implausible that the media simply sobered up and started reporting responsibly. 

Fox News host Tucker Carlson recently offered an explanation that is also circulating among international and second-tier sources. A site called Spytalk reports, “Chinese-language anti-communist media and Twitter are abuzz this week with rumors that a vice minister of State Security, Dong Jingwei . . . defected in mid-February . . . supposedly gave the U.S. information about the Wuhan Institute of Virology that changed the stance of the Biden Administration concerning the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Spytalk reports that if the rumors are true, Dong is the highest-level defector in the history of Communist China. He was responsible for China’s counterintelligence program. 

Buckle-up, because here comes the big news.

According to Red State, the Defense Intelligence Agency took control of Dong keeping his defection secret from the CIA and the FBI: 

FBI Director Christopher Wray was ‘ambushed’ with the information . . . and Langley was also unaware. Sources say DIA leadership kept the defector within their Clandestine Services network to prevent Langley and the State Department from accessing the person, whose existence was kept from other agencies because DIA leadership believes there are Chinese spies or sources inside the FBI, CIA, and several other federal agencies.

Why would DIA not trust the FBI or the CIA? Red State reports that Dong provided extensive information on the “Chinese government’s assets and sources within the United States; Dong has extremely embarrassing and damaging information about our intelligence community and government officials in the ‘terabytes of data’ he’s provided to the DIA.” 

Terabytes of data about U.S. government officials and members of our intelligence community? Whoa

The Chinese campaign to influence and intimidate corporate and government elites within the United States has increasingly come under public scrutiny.  In December, we learned that Representative Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) allegedly had sexual relations with a Chinese spy who seduced and influenced him from early in his career. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s stalwart support of Swalwell in spite of the scandal called to mind the revelation two years earlier that Senator Diane Feinstein’s driver worked as a Chinese spy. In 2019, Americans were shocked to read that the NBA apologized to communist China for a tweet from Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey that showed solidarity with pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.”

And of course, who could forget the election-season censorship of the Biden family business interests with the Chinese Communists? Most recently, Nike grovelled to the Chinese Communists, declaring Nike to be a company “of China and for China.” How deep has China penetrated and compromised America’s power centers?  

CIA alumni actively attempted to suppress the story by disputing it directly with Red State. So Red State added the following disclaimer:

Several former CIA officers have questioned the veracity of this story or termed it an outright fabrication. We are aware of those comments and stand by our sources.

Last week, China released a supposedly recent photograph meant to show Dong, “attending the 16th meeting of the Security Council Secretaries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Member States in Shanghai on June 23.” But skepticism persists about the authenticity of the photograph, which some suspect the Chinese government digitally manipulated.

Mainstream media, which published every Russia collusion rumor it could find (or manufacture), has been virtually silent on the explosive story. One effort to spin the news can be found at the Daily Beast, which reports, 

Rumors that China’s top counterintelligence official had defected to the United States [in] February reached fever pitch over the weekend, propelled largely by unfounded reports in anticommunist and pro-Trump circles that Dong had brought with him evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic had originated in a leak from a virology lab in Wuhan, not from an animal source. The Wuhan lab leak theory has not been proven. The vast majority of researchers believe the virus leapt from an infected animal to a person, probably via Wuhan’s ‘wet market,’ where both live and butchered meat is sold, but definitive evidence has yet to be found.

The Daily Beast goes on to speculate that the defection story is false because China has yet to take countermeasures to minimize the potential intelligence loss. 

If Dong is indeed in DIA custody, it may provide an opportunity for the American public to hold to account their compromised leaders. That means a special counsel to prevent China-compromised leadership from sandbagging the investigation. There’s already more justification for a special counsel to investigate China’s influence over Joe Biden than there ever was for a probe of Russia’s influence over Donald Trump.

 

About Adam Mill

Adam Mill is a pen name. He is an adjunct fellow of the Center for American Greatness and works in Kansas City, Missouri as an attorney specializing in labor and employment and public administration law. He graduated from the University of Kansas and has been admitted to practice in Kansas and Missouri. Mill has contributed to The Federalist, American Greatness, and The Daily Caller.

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