The alleged spy was an Eric Swalwell fundraiser and Ro Khanna volunteer, but some Midwestern mayors are likely more nervous because the FBI has footage of her having sex with them.
A few Bay Area rising political stars had a very sticky and difficult scandal dropped on them in the wee hours Tuesday morning, and this could just be the beginning of their headaches. The website Axios, which normally specializes in quick-hit, short bullet point articles, has a very thoroughly researched exposé on the exploits of an alleged Chinese ‘honey trap’ spy operative who worked out of the Bay Area from 2011 to 2015, as a bundler fundraiser for East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell, and as a volunteer for Rep. Ro Khanna. She is also linked to several former Bay Area mayors.
We will get to the sex stuff first, because it is the most interesting aspect of this, but it does not appear that the accused spy Fang Fang (a.k.a. Christine Fang) seduced any of the Bay Area political figures. That action apparently took place with two unnamed Midwestern mayors. “At a 2014 conference in Washington, an older Midwestern mayor ‘from an obscure city’ referred to Fang as his ‘girlfriend’ and insisted the relationship was genuine despite the clear age difference between Fang and himself,” Axios reports. “Fang also had a sexual encounter with an Ohio mayor in a car that was under electronic FBI surveillance, said one current U.S. official.”
Swalwell appears to be Fang’s highest-level target in the reported information. She worked as a contribution “bundler” in Swalwell’s 2012 upset win over Pete Stark (foreign nationals cannot directly contribute to campaigns, but they can solicit other people’s contributions), and per Axios, she got an intern placed Swalwell’s office. The FBI did not find any illegal activity that we know of yet, and when the FBI privately warned Swalwell of Fang’s alleged espionage ties, he did cut off contact.