U.S. Secretly Expelled Two Chinese Diplomats In September; Pair Were Suspected Of Spying After They Tresspassed Onto The Special Operations Section Of The Norfolk Naval Base In Virginia — Amateurish/Clumsy Effort May Disguise True Intentions
Numerous media outlets are reporting that the U.S. secretly expelled two Chinese diplomats in September, after the pair and their wives tresspassed onto the U.S Naval Base, Norfolk Virginia, in the area where the Special Operations unit was based. Edward Wong and Julian Barnes reported in the December 15, 2019 edition of the New York Times, that “at least one of the officials was likely a Chinese intelligence officer operating under diplomatic cover. The group, which included the officials’ wives, evaded [took steps to evade] military personnel pursuing them, and stopped only after five fire trucks blocked their path.” The Chinese officials and their wives drove up to the base’s main gate/entry point; but, when they did not produce the necessary documentation required to enter — they were told to make a u-turn and exit the area. Instead, the NYTimes reports, the Chinese party continued onto the base, later claiming that they “misunderstood” the security guard’s instructions. Investigators and base officials did not believe their explanation and instead, suspect this breach was a dry-run of sorts to test the base entry procedures and protocol.
Mr. Wong and Mr. Barnes add that “in recent months, Chinese officials with diplomatic passports have become bolder about showing up unannounced at research or government facilities,” with the breach of the Norfolk Naval base being one of the more brazen incidents.
The intelligence and knowledge China gained as a result of the OPM breach in 2015 — which exposed millions of Feferal employees’s personal data, to include fingerprints, has no dobut helped Beijing to focus its espionage campaign against high-value U.S. targets, including people and facilities. This particular incident appears amateurish and clumsy — which makes me think that Norfolk and the Special Operations section were never the intended target of this incident. Denial and deception is an ancient and time-honored art with respect to Chinese intelligence. There are two possibilities: 1) That these Chinese officials were truly amateurish and naive and made a clumsy attempt to gain entry to a sensitive portion of Norfolk Naval base; or, 2) The clumsy effort was a disguise, and denial/deception operation that is still ongoing. My bet is on number 2. RCP, fortunascorner.com