Just when you think you know someone you sometimes find out you never did. They aren’t the person you thought they were. When that super nice guy at the office gets arrested for domestic abuse his co-workers shake their disbelieving heads. The same would hold true if the guy turned out to be… say… a spy for the Chinese Communist Party.
If you think it can’t happen try asking these five fellas who the U.S. Justice Department just charged with helping the Commies keep an eye on political dissidents right here in the U.S. of A. The spies were tasked with stalking, and at every given opportunity, harassing their targets.
Some of those under the keen watch of the spies included a candidate for Congress, and oddly, a sculpture artist from Los Angeles.
According to a DOJ press release, “All the defendants allegedly perpetrated transnational repression schemes to target U.S. residents whose political views and actions are disfavored by the (People’s Republic of China) government, such as advocating for democracy in the PRC.”
The DOJ had been running surveillance on three of the arrested men. One was 49-year-old former Florida correctional officer, Matthew Ziburis. Fan “Frank” Liu, 62, ran a “purported media company,” and Qiang “Jason” Sun was employed by a tech company.
Liu and Ziburis had both been living on Long Island where they frequently communicated with one another to compare notes.
As it turned out, the L.A. sculptor had gotten the goat of the Chinese by sculpting a coronavirus molecule that resembled their omnipotent president. The assigned mission was to destroy it.
Posing as an art dealer, Ziburis was able to install tracking devices on the artist’s car and in his studio, and soon thereafter achieved his goal.
The dynamic trio would also interview pro-democracy dissidents in what the DOJ referred to as ‘mock media sessions” where those being interviewed were blindsided by having to answer questions that could be harmful to their careers and reputations. Liu made certain the interviews were seen by the right crowd via his media connections.
In a separate case, the DOJ rounded up 73-year-old Shujun Wang, an activist living in Queens who was employed by the Chinese secret police to gather information and spread anti-democracy discourse.
Wang would send information about human rights and pro-democracy activists, as well as any Chinese dissidents he found living in the area, to Bejing. His assigned handler in China had even at one time instructed him to locate where the majority of “Tibetans, Uyghurs, and Mongolians” who had defected from China were living.
One of the dissidents who Wang reported was arrested in Hong Kong upon a return visit home and was ultimately tossed in jail for an unspecified period of time. He’ll likely die in prison from old age unless the government helps speed up his demise. The latter is expected.
Assistant Attorney General for National Security, Matthew Olsen, said the arrests “expose attempts by the government of the People’s Republic of China to suppress dissenting voices within the United States.”
The attempts may have been exposed and a few guys arrested, but it also causes one to ponder how many more of these spies are living under our noses. Even if you could smell ‘em they wouldn’t all omit the odor of monkey meat in a wet market. Some of them aren’t Chinese at all. The Florida-Cracker ex-prison guard was in it for the yen.
Anyone reading this article on this publication wouldn’t fall for anti-democracy rhetoric, but there are plenty who will. They call them Democrats, aka, liberals.