Headline RoundupDecember 9th, 2020

Suspected Chinese Spy Targeted US Politicians Including Eric Swalwell

Summary from the AllSides News Team

A suspected Chinese spy targeted several political figures around the country from 2011-2015, including California Rep. Eric Swalwell, according to an Axios report published Tuesday. The spy, Fang Fang (or Christine Fang), was discovered in 2015, the same year Swalwell was appointed to the House Intelligence Committee. While other lawmakers were not informed of Swalwell’s relationship to Fang, Axios reports that “U.S. officials do not believe Fang received or passed on classified information.” Swalwell has since suggested that the report was leaked by the Trump administration because of his past criticisms. Coverage came mostly from center- and right-rated outlets, with fewer reports coming from left-rated sources overall. Coverage in right-rated outlets framed the story around Swalwell, focusing on Republican criticisms, Democratic “hypocrisy” and the allegation that Chinese spies aim to trade sexual favors for U.S. intelligence. Coverage in left- and center-rated outlets focused on the original report and Swalwell’s suggestion of a Trump administration leak.

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