EDITOR NOTE: There’s very little surprising news in the article below other than the potentially favorable prospect that one of China’s top counterintelligence officials, Chinese defector Dong Jingwei, is in the US and working with the DIA. Dong has detailed knowledge of China’s espionage efforts in the US, from simple cultural observations made by students to more intensive and damaging spycraft. Of particular interest is China’s military operations at the Wuhan Institute of Virology--something that may tell us a little bit more about the origins of the virus that nearly flattened the global economy. Was it a deliberately weaponized virus? If you dismiss that claim as a conspiracy theory, let's not underestimate the possibility of truth in that theory in the same way almost all Americans underestimated the virus itself back in 2020. As much as we can ruminate on the several “theaters” in which our most formidable rival may be attempting to outmaneuver us, let’s not take our eyes off that fact that the current administration, along with the Federal Reserve, may be inadvertently helping China along by weakening America’s economic prospects and widening its social divisions. That’s why divisive yet incredibly simple social media memes from Russian trolls can easily get Americans to go at each other’s throats during an election year. Is it really that easy to unravel America’s social fabric?
We now know the name of the Chinese defector who has been working with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) for a few months and what his position within the Chinese military and government was, among other details.
Chinese-language anti-communist media and Twitter are abuzz this week with rumors that a vice minister of State Security, Dong Jingwei (董经纬) defected in mid-February, flying from Hong Kong to the United States with his daughter, Dong Yang.
Dong is, or was, a longtime official in China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS), also known as the Guoanbu. His publicly available background indicates that he was responsible for the Ministry’s counterintelligence efforts in China, i.e., spy-catching, since being promoted to vice minister in April 2018. If the stories are true, Dong would be the highest-level defector in the history of the People’s Republic of China.
RedState’s sources confirmed that the defector is, in fact, Dong, that he was in charge of counterintelligence efforts in China, and that he flew to the United States in mid-February, allegedly to visit his daughter at a university in California. When Dong landed in California he contacted DIA officials and told them about his plans to defect and the information he’d brought with him. Dong then “hid in plain sight” for about two weeks before disappearing into DIA custody.
According to Spy Talk, Dong’s name came up during the Sino-American Summit held in Alaska in March 2021:
In a tweet on Wednesday, Han [Dr. Han Lianchao, a Chinese defector], citing an unnamed source, alleged that China’s foreign minister Wang Yi and Communist Party foreign affairs boss Yang Jiechi demanded that the Americans return Dong and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken refused.
RedState’s sources say that Chinese officials did demand that the United States return Dong, but Blinken didn’t exactly refuse; at that time Blinken wasn’t aware that Dong was with the US government, the sources say, and told China that the US didn’t have Dong.
Original post from ZeroHedge