A major leak of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) members was released to 4 world media, including The Australian. Nearly two million names are in the “register” or database, and include names, birthdates, CCP party position, national ID number, and ethnicity. The leak includes CCP members in Australia, the UK, and the US. They are embedded in companies across the world.
When your company has a branch of the CCP in it and you don’t know:
“What’s amazing about this database is not just that it exposes people who are members of the communist party, and who are now living and working all over the world, from Australia to the US to the UK.
But it’s amazing because it lifts the lid on how the party operates under President and Chairman Xi Jinping.
Communist party branches have been set up inside western companies, allowing the infiltration of those companies by CCP members – who, if called on, are answerable directly to the communist party, to the Chairman, the president himself.
Along with the personal identifying details of 1.95 million communist party members, mostly from Shanghai, there are also the details of 79,000 communist party branches, many of them inside companies.
It is also going to embarrass some global companies who appear to have no plan in place to protect their intellectual property from theft from economic espionage.”Sharri Markson, SkyNews.au
Chinese dissidents are believed to have extracted the data on CCP members from a Shanghai server and have been using it for “counter-intelligence” purposes since 2016. In September it was leaked to the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC), a newer group composed of 150 legislators from around the world. From there, it was provided to The Australian, The Sunday Mail in the UK, De Standaard in Belgium and a Swedish editor. They took the information and analyzed it in order to verify its authenticity – which they did, and have provided it to the Five Eyes intelligence group.
Australia and China have been at odds for several years after becoming the first nation to ban China’s Huawei. At the beginning of the pandemic, Australia questioned where the virus originated, and China erupted with anger and indignation. Since then, tariffs were initiated against Australian products: beef, grains, wines, copper ore, etc. Beijing’s attempts to influence the Australian government have become widely known, as tensions have risen and the propaganda has increased significantly there.
Five Eyes Intelligence Group, which we have written about previously, is in possession of the database of CCP members. Five Eyes (FVEY) is an intelligence alliance that includes Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. The US Director of National Intelligence, John Ratcliffe, has talked about the China problem before:
Sharri Markson stated the none of the people on the list are charged with committing espionage as yet. But knowing whether they are on the payroll of certain companies could be key to identifying problems if intellectual property is stolen. China takes dim view of any party member that does not do what they are told in regard to stealing whatever they can. Safeguarding the companies’ property is the key to protecting the nations involved. The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC) will be involved in getting companies to protect their interests.
“Infiltration” is a word you could use.
Featured photo: screenshot via Sky News
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