Sen. Dianne Feinstein fired a staffer who was allegedly part of an
effort to spy and pass on political intelligence to the Chinese
staffer, based in the Democrat's San Francisco office, was suspected
of delivering political intelligence, though nothing top secret, to
officials based at the local Chinese Consulate, Politico
FBI informed Feinstein, the then-chairwoman of the Senate
Intelligence Committee, about five years ago about the staffer and
allegations that the staffer was a spy. The source who confirmed the
incident to the San
Francisco Chronicle said “Dianne was
mortified” upon learning about it.
suspected spy served as the lawmaker’s driver in California, but
took on other roles as well, including helping out in her San
Francisco office and being Feinstein’s liaison to the Asian-American
community in the state. He attended Chinese Consulate events on
behalf of the senator.
former official said that the spy’s handler “probably got an award
back in China” for his efforts to penetrate Feinstein’s office and
pass on intelligence.
driver was reportedly recruited years ago after he being befriended
on one of the trips to Asia by someone from China’s Ministry of
State Security, the country’s intelligence and security agency, the
didn’t even know what was happening — that he was being recruited,”
a source told the publication. “He just thought it was some friend.”
FBI wasn’t able to charge the individual, possibly because he was
passing on political intelligence rather than classified materials –
making the prosecution nearly impossible.
interviewed him, and Dianne forced him to retire, and that was the
end of it,” the Chronicle’s source said. “None of her staff ever
knew what was going on. They just kept it quiet.”