Fang Fang aka Christine Fang is accused of being a Chinese spy and sleeping with two mayors in hopes of infiltrating US politics, reports Axios. She entered the United States in 2011 and targeted up and coming local politicians who she believed had the potential to make it on the national stage. She is accused of sleeping with two midwestern mayors during her time in the United States.
Fang was in her late 20s or early 30s when she arrived in San Franciso in 2011. She enrolled as a student at California State University East Bay. At the school, she used political gatherings and campaign rallies to get close to elected officials, according to U.S. intelligence officials. She became president of the Chinese Student Association and president of the Asian Pacific Islander Public Affairs. She used these platforms to invite politicians and get close to them.
U.S. officials said she was here in the United States at the direction of China’s Ministry of State Security(MSS) to gather political intelligence and power. This was in the hopes of swaying U.S. elected officials in U.S.- China relations.
The authorities started investigating her after they noticed her while investigating another suspected MSS agent who was working at the San Francisco consulate. Fang met with the suspected MSS agent multiple times which prompted authorities to look into her.
Christine Fang was put under FBI surveillance where she was seen traveling across the United States.
“The fact that she was traveling around the country getting close to U.S. politicians was a big red flag,” one official said. “She was on a mission.”
One such politician she got close with is California Representative Eric Swalwell. He became one of the youngest members of the U.S. House in 2012. She helped him raise money and the potential assignment of interns into his office, according to intelligence.
Eric Swalwell spoke with Politico about the news but he didn’t disclose what the nature of his relationship with Fang was.
“What it appears though that this person[Fang] – as the story reports – was unsuccessful in whatever they were trying to do,” Swalwell said. “But if intelligence officials are trying to weaponize someone’s cooperation, they are essentially seeking to do what this person was not able to do, which is try to discredit someone.”
In 2015, U.S. intelligence officials started warning local and national politicians about Fang. She was believed to be overseeing “unwitting subagents” whom she helped get in positions of power by this time. But it looks like she got wind of the warning and fled the United States back to China the same year. Fang has not returned to the United States and cut off contact with her U.S. friends.