Well, that was embarrassing for the former head of the Senate Intelligence Committee. And that being the case, the whole incident was swept under the rug for five years. But no more. That is the reality that Senator Dianne Feinstein’s California driver was a Chinese spy. When the FBI brought this to her attention, the man was fired.
Feinstein — who was Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee at the time — was reportedly mortified when the FBI told her she’d be infiltrated.
Investigators reportedly concluded the driver hadn’t leaked anything of substance and Feinstein forced him to retire.
It turns out that the San Francisco area is a hotbed of spy activity largely due to the technology sector having a huge presence there. That, combined with an old, established Chinese community, and the Chinese tendency to not have respect for intellectual property concepts since it does not seem to be part of their culture, sooner or later one of these stories was going to surface.
Former FBI agent and KPIX 5 security analyst Jeff Harp said he was not surprised.
“Think about Diane Feinstein and what she had access to,” said Harp. “One, she had access to the Chinese community here in San Francisco; great amount of political influence. Two, correct me if I’m wrong, Dianne Feinstein still has very close ties to the intelligence committees there in Washington, D.C.”
Harp ran counter-espionage for the FBI in the Bay Area. He said in addition to traditional political intel and diplomatic secrets, Bay Area spies are often focused on things like R&D, technology and trade secrets.
“They also have an interest in the economy here. How to get political influence here,” said Harp. “What’s being developed in Silicon Valley that has dual-use technology. All of that is tied to the Bay Area.”
And it just so happens the political victim was Dianne Feinstein which begs the question…who is on Nancy Pelosi’s staff?