While the media and conspiracy theory nuts have spent the past year delving into potential Russian collusion with White House staffers, less attention has been focused on possible manipulation by the OTHER superpower at the table. Now it turns out Jared Kushner, Ivanka’s gilded hubby, and presidential advisor-through-marriage is and was open to exploitation by foreign intelligence operatives. New evidence suggests Kushner is the weakest link when it comes to foreign manipulation. Not by the Russians this time though – this time the culprit is China.
Intelligence Agencies Consider Kushner a “Soft Target”
Despite his inherited position running his family’s multibillion-dollar real estate empire, Kushner is completely inexperienced in international politics and the intrigues of the spy business. That naiveté, coupled with his proven eagerness to cut backroom deals with foreign investors, makes him extremely vulnerable to external influence by skilled Chinese operatives.
A long-established system of security is in place to safeguard those who work at the highest levels of the American government. Taking a cue from the current President’s disdain for confidentiality and formal security measures, Kushner maintains potentially inappropriate relationships with foreign nationals and agents of foreign interests. Some of these links pre-date his entrance to the White House, but new reports indicate those relationships may have been weaponized by foreign intelligence agencies to exert dangerous influence over Kushner and by extension, to subvert White House policy.
Particularly interesting is Kushner’s relationship with Wendi Deng Murdoch. Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that early in 2017 American counter-intelligence officials reached out to Kushner to warn him about potential ties between the Chinese businesswoman and China’s government. The recently divorced wife of media mogul Rupert Murdoch was allegedly lobbying the Chinese government on behalf of a real-estate deal that her husband was trying to close in China.
Where is His Security Clearance?
Another issue concerning Kushner’s vulnerability is his ongoing lack of a formal security clearance. Normally required of high-level White House advisors, security clearance has been difficult for Kushner. It has been suggested Kushner has no such security clearance because past improper interaction with various foreign agents has left him unable to successfully pass through the vetting process. Apparently, the president has waived this requirement in Kushner’s case and is allowing his son-in-law to continue to receive Top Secret security briefings.
Like his famous father-in-law, Kushner’s refusal to behave according to established rules of security and accepted protocol has opened the White House doors to foreign influence in a dangerous new way.