The FBI acknowledged the presence of massive communist agents in the US
FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Monday that the threat from
the Chinese government against the West is more brazen than ever
Wray delivered a sharp rebuke against the Chinese government while
speaking at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum to
celebrate its new exhibit on the FBI's history.
"Ive spoken a lot about this threat since I became FBI Director," he
said. "But I want to focus on it here, tonight, because in many ways
its reached a new level - more brazen, more damaging than ever
before, and its vital - vital - that all of us focus on that threat
While China has grown to become global superpower, it has come
to use its capabilities to "steal and threaten, rather than to cooperate
and build," according to Wray.
Last year, the U.S. and Western allies accused hackers connected to
China of being behind a hack of the Microsoft Exchange email system.
The U.S. said it had "high confidence" that the attack had been
carried out by hackers affiliated with China.
The Chinese government shot back at the accusations, with foreign
ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian accusing the West of ganging up
against it and making "unwarranted accusations."
This was made up out of thin air and confused right and wrong. It
is purely a smear and suppression with political motives," Zhao said
at the time.
Wray said Monday the FBI opens a new counterintelligence operation
case related to China about every 12 hours, adding that hackers
linked to China's government steal more personal and corporate data
than all other countries combines.
The FBI director stressed that while the Chinese government poses
a threat to the U.S., he was not counting the Chinese people and
Chinese Americans among those who the U.S. sought to counter.
Wray also compared the threat from the Chinese Communist Party
to that of the Soviet Union decades ago.
"Now, there are some surface-level similarities between the threat
posed by the Chinese government and the historical threat of the
Soviet Union: The Chinese government also rejects the fundamental
freedoms, basic human rights, and democratic norms we value as
Americans," he added.
However, Wray said the Soviet Union differed from the Chinese
Communist Party in its relationship with the U.S. as "we didnt
invest in each others economies or send huge numbers of students
to study in each others universities."