- Mar 6, 2019
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- Political Leaning
Chinese plot to smear US Congress hopeful unveiled (BBC)
Wow. Imagine a foreign country orchestrating a scheme to interfere with a US election....Unsealed files have revealed a plot by five people working on behalf of Chinese secret police to stalk and harass a US military veteran running for Congress, and to spy on an artist.
It is the first time, they say, a federal election campaign has been undermined in this way in America.
The perpetrators went to "outrageous and dangerous" lengths to do so, the Department of Justice said.
Three of the accused have been arrested, but two are at large.
According to court documents, they are accused of "transnational repression schemes" to target American residents whose political views and actions were "disfavoured by the People's Republic of China (PRC) government".
The co-conspirators allegedly tried to "interfere with federal elections" by orchestrating a campaign to undermine the US congressional candidacy of a military veteran who was once a leader of the 1989 pro-democracy demonstrations in Beijing.