Intent on winning the information war in the United States, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has dispatched operatives to all 50 states, targeting federal, state and local governments, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.
In an Oct. 16 speech to an audience of mostly Chinese-Americans in Livermore, California, near San Francisco, Pompeo said that during his 1,000 days as secretary of state under President Donald Trump, he declassified an intelligence report that revealed how Beijing was targeting state governors in a bid to influence their policies in favor of China.
Pompeo recalled how he warned a group of some 40 U.S. governors in February 2020 that China was targeting state and local governments for both influence and money.
“I managed to get declassified a report which spoke to the Chinese Communist Party’s effort to influence governors across the United States of America,” Pompeo said. “These were deep influence operations. The document that got unclassified had a range on a table that demarcated for every governor whether they were a friend of China, a foe of China or if they were being worked on.”