Suspected Chinese spy ‘seduced and slept with US politicians’ in honeypot trap

A suspected Chinese spy targeted up-and-coming politicians and seduced them to try and gain intelligence secrets, a bombshell report has claimed.

The year-long investigation by Axios has revealed how an intelligence operative developed substantiates with Californian law-makers at the direction of China’s Ministry of State Security.

Fang Fang, also known as Christine Fang, the woman at the centre of the scandal, was reported to have had sex with at least two Midwestern Mayors.

According to the Axios report, some of her escapades were even caught on tape by the FBI, who stumbled onto Fang as they pursued another lead.

The report explained: "Fang attended regional conferences for U.S. mayors, which allowed her to grow her network of politicians across the country.

"She also engaged in sexual or romantic relationships with at least two mayors of Midwestern cities over a period of about three years, according to one U.S. intelligence official and one former elected official.

"At least two separate sexual interactions with elected officials, including one of these Midwestern mayors, were caught on FBI electronic surveillance of Fang, according to two intelligence officials."

During a political conference in 2014, an unidentified older mayor "from an obscure city" called Fang his girlfriend and reportedly insisted they were in a relationship despite the clear age difference.

Fang allegedly had a sexual encounter with an Ohio mayor in a car that was being surveilled electronically by the FBI.

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Fang targeted budding politicians, including a US congressman, in California’s Bay Area and across the county from 2011 until 2015.

During her time in the US, Axios reports that Fang had her sights set on Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell, one of the youngest members of the House.

She reportedly interacted with him at events and even helped fundraise for his re-election campaign and choose an intern for his office.

His office confirmed to Axios that he had spoken to the FBI about Fang but declined to offer any further comment.

Fang's suspected operations ended during the Obama administration when she fled the US amid an FBI counterintelligence probe.

They first discovered Fang while reportedly surveilling a different person.

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Fang was said to be in her late 20s to early 30s when she enrolled at California State University Bay.

The bombshell report said she served as the president of the Chinese Student and Association and Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs.

It was through these positions that she manipulated her way into political circles – later using fundraising, charisma and her sexuality to rub shoulders with up and coming political faces.

Fang portrayed herself as a "connector" between the Asian American community and members of Congress.

Even though U.S. officials do not believe Fang received or passed on classified information, the case "was a big deal, because there were some really, really sensitive people that were caught up" in the intelligence network, a current senior US intelligence official told Axios.

The report added: "Private but unclassified information about government officials — such as their habits, preferences, schedules, social networks, and even rumors about them — is a form of political intelligence.

"Collecting such information is a key part of what foreign intelligence agencies do."

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