Who is Christine Fang? The fetching Asian beauty may seem to be just a pretty face upon first perusal, but she's actually far more than that.
Fang (also known in her home country as Fang Fang) is suspected of being a Chinese intelligence operative who managed to worm her way into the confidences of various U.S. politicians, including most recently an unidentified Ohio mayor. She's also slithered into the businesses of a number of powerful Democratic California congress, earning her the badge of "honey trap spy" ... as well the attentions of a yearlong investigation by Axios, who claim she had romantic or sexual relationships with these players as part of a plot to get intel on the American political stage.
According to the outlet, Fang isn't believed to have passed on any classified information. However, she was likely able to get a bead on private habits of key players — such as their schedules, likes and dislikes, rumors swirling about them and activity on their social media accounts — which "was a big deal, because there were some really, really sensitive people that were caught up" in the intelligence network, a current senior U.S. intelligence official noted of the investigation.
While this is undoubtedly a twisted and complicated tale, OK! has put together a handful of fast facts about whom this devious beauty has been aligning herself with, to prime anyone who's not familiar with Fang's allegedly nefarious skills for putting herself in the thick of American politics. While the midwestern mayor remains under speculation, there are plenty of influential Californians she's managed to sink her claws into...with photographic proof!
Read on to get a quick orientation.
Fang and Representative Eric Swalwell
One of the "honey trap" spy's main targets was Representative Eric Swalwell, a Democrat from California and anti-Trump activist, who by his own admission did nothing amiss, will not admit to sexual relations with Fang, and cut ties with her in 2015. She reportedly managed to plant at least one intern into his office, however.
Fang and Representative Judy Chu
Another California politician Fang was seen with was Democrat Judy Chu, a representative for one of California's powerful Los Angeles-area districts. Having enrolled herself Cal State East Bay back in 2011, Fang used her time as a student to ingratiate herself into state politics and reportedly assisted with Chu's campaign.
Fang and Fremont City Councilmember Raj Salwan (left) and Representative Ro Khanna
Fang also was seen cozying up to two powerful Northern California politicians, proving that if she is indeed a spy, she has the most populated state in the USA well covered, from the north end to the south.
Fang and Ash Kalra and Mike Honda
Fang is all smiles for the camera posing with Ash Kalra, who reps California's wealthy Silicon Valley, as well as Mike Honda, a Californian who served in Congress for 16 years.