Amid growing concerns over the weaponization of federal justice agencies, notably the FBI, another serious concern has emerged with regards to the federal government: the potential compromise of national intelligence agencies by foreign enemies.
According to a stunning report from the Daily Caller, when CIA Director William Burns served s the President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, at least twenty unnamed Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials were members.
However, the expert profiles that are listed on Carnegie’s official website make no reference to the individuals associated with the CCP. The investigation was able to determine the connection between CCP officials and the Carnegie Endowment after trawling through hundreds of Chinese-language branch records of the Communist Party, as well several personnel files from more than a dozen groups associated with the CCP.
Burns served as the head of the Carnegie Endowment for a period of several years, from 2015 to 2021, which happened to coincide with a period when the FBI expressed grave concerns regarding the “malign influence operations” launched by the CCP, especially against key American institutions.
In July 2020, FBI Director Christopher Wray declared that the CCP is aiming to influence American policymakers as well as “manipulate public opinion” through exploiting the open, democratic nature of American society.
Steve Yates, who previously served as deputy national security adviser to the vice president, informed investigators that the situation represents “pretty much a fatal cul-de-sac” that the former CIA director finds himself in.
“Either he appears to have allowed government-linked experts from a hostile power to affiliate with an organization boasting many former and future U.S. appointees,” Yates mused, “or he didn’t know or bother to check.”
Yates added that such a mistake constitutes “a remarkable lapse in operational security for a highly-cleared former U.S. official and pretty disqualifying for a director of Central Intelligence.”