SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – New details emerged Wednesday about how a Chinese spy managed to stay by Senator Dianne Feinstein’s side for nearly 20 years.

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It happened five years ago, but additional information is just surfacing about how the Bay Area senator’s office was infiltrated by a Chinese spy.

The Bay Area is a hotbed for Russian and Chinese espionage. Late last year, the feds shut down the Russian consulate in San Francisco.

You may remember the thick black smoke that billowing from building before Russian diplomats turned it over to authorities, presumably produced by burning documents.

Now, all eyes are on Chinese intelligence in the Bay Area after the website Politico reported last week that a staffer for Senator Feinstein turned out to be a Chinese spy who reported back to the government officials about local politics.

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On Wednesday, the San Francisco Chronicle uncovered additional details in a column written by reporters Phil Matier and Andy Ross.

The column revealed that the Chinese spy was Feinstein’s driver who also served as a gofer in her Bay Area office and was a liaison to the Asian-American community.

He even attended Chinese consulate functions for the senator.

Feinstein — who was Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee at the time — was reportedly mortified when the FBI told her she’d been infiltrated.

Investigators reportedly concluded the driver hadn’t leaked anything of substance and Feinstein forced him to retire.

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Former FBI agent and KPIX 5 security analyst Jeff Harp said he was not surprised.

“Think about Diane Feinstein and what she had access to,” said Harp. “One, she had access to the Chinese community here in San Francisco; great amount of political influence. Two, correct me if I’m wrong, Dianne Feinstein still has very close ties to the intelligence committees there in Washington, D.C.”

Harp ran counter espionage for the FBI in the Bay Area. He said in addition to traditional political intel and diplomatic secrets, Bay Area spies are often focused on things like R&D, technology and trade secrets.

“They also have an interest in the economy here. How to get political influence here,” said Harp. “What’s being developed in Silicon Valley that has dual-use technology. All of that is tied to the Bay Area.”

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And he says, like in many areas, when it comes to counter intelligence and espionage, the Bay Area is a trend setter.

“As the Bay Area goes, so does the nation when it comes to technology,” said Harp. “So why not when it comes to spying?”

Harp pointed out politicians with access to classified information are generally trained on what not to say and when not to say it. But he also noted when you have a driver behind the wheel day in and day out for 20 years, there are more opportunities to slip up.

Feinstein’s office would not comment on the story, saying they do not address personnel matters or investigations, but they added that none of their California offices staffers had ever had security clearance.

The FBI declined to comment on the story.

Comments (286)
  1. No background checks? Gee, what did she use as a password to her email – Diane? And she is on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

    1. No – she is not stupid, that is insulting. Password was “password”

      1. Michael Buck says:

        These Democrats are as sharp as bowling bowls.

    2. Get serious. You need a capital letter, number and special character. Dianne#1

  2. I’m shocked that the media reported this.

    1. Kevin Lee says:

      This article says the story is five years old, I’m wondering how hard the media worked to keep it covered up this long.

  3. SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) made a typo. The headline should read… Details Surface About Chinese Spy Who Worked for US/Israeli Spy.

  4. Mark Wothe says:

    “It happened five years ago, but additional information is just surfacing about how the Bay Area senator’s office was infiltrated by a Chinese spy.”

    Yeah, could you maybe post a link to your stories about it from 5 years ago? I’m not remembering it myself.

    “Forced him to RETIRE?” OK, all good then. Thanks FBI!

    I’m pretty sure we’re seeing fake news sausage being made. Trying to get ahead of something that’s about to me made public? Hmmmmmmm.

    1. Exactly! CBS is just another propaganda arm of the Deep State. We’re not buying their pre-packaged pablum anymore.

    2. We have Wasserman-Schultze (who I was amazed could rise so beyond her abilities to be in a position where her mistakes would be dangerous), and now Feinstein (one of the few Democratic Senators who even if I disagree with on most positions, I can still respect for sometimes going against the progressive grain and doing the right thing) who have been compromised by foreign powers. Oh, and did I forget to mention Hillary Clinton.

      Is this medievil? Do we actually need a physical wall. For a nig chunk of our southern border we do.

      And we also need a cyber wall, and a naval wall, and an air wall, and a space wall,

      and some balls to stand up for this nation which has fumbled and bumbled and stumbled its way into continuing to be,

      for what is pushing to be a quarter of a millennium,

      the world’s best, most popular, most compelling, and most defensible choice, to be judged the last best hope of mankind.

      I know that at least my children, who now have almost grown children of their own, still know that, as will their children.

      I personally believe that an immigration policy centered on letting those who profess a desire to embrace our American Canon in, and denying entry to those who don’t.

      The hard left of the Democratic Party demands the denial of the existence of said American Canon.

      It’s ironic that the American Ethos is, in one important way, like pornography… we all know it when we see it.

      It used to be called assimilation. We can’t call it that any more.

      Maybe Donald Trump can add it back to the American vocabulary of things we are allowed to ask our government to put into any plan they come up with.

    3. Why would a spy of 20years not be put in jail. What insanity that she forced him to retire.Sounds like they do not want him telling what he did to America.Does anyone think he did not hurt us in many ways after 20years of spying for the Chinese government.

  5. “turned out to be a Chinese spy who reported back to the government officials about local politics” Yeah, Beijing is so interested in local San Francisco politics. Meanwhile, all CIA assets in China were arrested and/or killed.

  6. One by one, each of these Deep State anti-American traitor Democrats will be outed. Publicly. With evidence that is irrefutable.

    Then will come the military tribunals.

    There hasn’t been hundreds of millions spent re-doing GTMO and Diego Garcia for nothing.

    Oh, and a pro-tip for Hillary and Obama…first, to Hillary: NZ will not shield you. You must know by now that you will find no safe haven there.

    Now to Obama: Your native ( literally ) land of Kenya will be one of the only places to which you will be able to flee, and woe be unto that nation that harbors you.




  7. There is so much written about the communist takeover of America,yet people fail to believe it.Valerie Jarrett, Van Jones, Michelle and Barack Obama communist ties all,and yet nothing ever happens.However now,a president that is trying to save America is the one they go after,and the same group of people are leading the attacks.

  8. Yawn. What about Paul Manafort’s suits?? That’s the real story!

  9. Ralph Davis says:

    Infiltrating Diane Feinstein? Now that’s what you call ‘taking one for the team’!!

  10. “… Feinstein forced him to retire.” Retire!!! Why wasn’t the spy tried and shot!!??

    1. Totally agree! Our government just turns a blind eye to confirmed spy? WTH? Like I’m sure China would do the same! NEVER!

    2. Dana Blasi says:

      One one has ever accused Diane of being smart have they ?

  11. Frank Walker says:

    No shock San Francisco region is a hotbed for Russian and Chinese agents, as stated in this story. It’s because communist/socialist birds of a feather prefer to flock together.

  12. paperpushermj says:

    Caught spying 20 years for China…forced to retire on full pension….What a Country

  13. She wrote trade bills with China that helped her husband, Richard Blum, become a billionaire…they’ve made a fortune off crooked dealings with the Chinese gov’t and from acquiring bank foreclosures, ala the fake Indian senator from Mass.

  14. Political spectrum (most to least government) from left to right: communists, socialists, progressives, liberals, moderates, conservatives, libertarians, anarchists. Feinstein is a liberal who is disrespected by progressives who want to think of themselves as socialists who think that communists are simply socialists in power. So that communist mole is really a progressive who thinks he’s a socialist and would like you to vote for Kevin de León while he undermines Diane Feinstein.

  15. Arfy Warfy says:

    Feinstein… I mean Diane Frankenstein, is a traitor.

  16. Ted Cooke says:

    As mayor of San Francisco in 1985 Senator Feinstein supported a Communist world youth event in Moscow, and at several other times she was publicly sympathetic towards the Soviets. She has a long history of personally supporting communist interests, that’s a matter of public record.

  17. No surprise there. She’s a Commie sympathizer anyway.

  18. Didn’t see this on Drudge. But did see it on, which has more real California news.

    1. Looks like Drudge picked it up now. That’s good! There’s more background at the Press California site, including the China biz connections of Feinstein’s husband.

      1. The timing of the DiFi Chi Spy revelations is suspicious. One theory, supporters of her opponent, fellow Dem Kevin de Leon, are behind it. has more.

  19. but, but the RUSSIANS…… liberal folks do realize how stupid you all look right? seriously, since when did liberals EVER trust the government? They are PLAYING you people. The oligarchs in power (both parties) hate YOU as much as they do me…wake up to truth

  20. This is the SAME DUMB B!TCH that exposed secret evidence on Live TV in the Night Stalker case.
    On Live TV to the public, this dumbB!Tch Feinstein destroyed years of investigation and allowed Richard Ramirez to dump the secret evidence, and continue his killing spree.

    How she was every elected into the Senate, let alone serve on the Intelligence Committee is beyond atrocious.

  21. will a special council be appointed to investigate collusion?

  22. Dana Blasi says:

    Has anyone ever accused her of being smart ?

  23. we only know about this because the DNC is done with DiFi because she is old and they have a new Senator they are pushing her out with. If not for that this story is spiked

  24. The buck needs to stop with Feinstein. She needs to be held responsible for the espionage of her subordinate. Treason is a charge too good for Feinstein. Life imprisonment for this witch and 60,000 volts via Ole Sparky for her Chinese accomplice.

  25. Mike Mora says:

    How does a spy retire? How come the mole wasn’t interrogated and sent for adjudication? At the very least the man should have been raked over the coals on his involvement with his native brothers.
    Feinstein lost the plot decades ago, her time in D.C, as a politician needs to conclude.

  26. Hey! Lay off. She isn’t stupid and knew it the entire time!
    How do you think her husband got the bullet train contract?!

  27. So DiFi has been COLLUDING with the ChiComs all this time!! Why are we not surprised? The donks are doomed!

  28. Women want to be in all areas of the Gov, yet as the old saying goes, “Loose titz sink ships”

  29. Mike Powell says:

    LOL, the Democrat party is the new McCarthy! Hilarious!!!

  30. Now you know why the US Government has been so incompetent. It’s clowns like her who are in there for the Graft!!! another useless Democrat who has helped make a mess of the federal Government.

  31. I thought every top Democrat had a spy at their right hand? Valerie Jarrett, Huma Abedin, Hillary herself during Crooked Willy’s two-term fiasco. Heck, anyone who could guess the password “password” could hack John Podesta’s email account and thereby get access to all of Hillary’s private server, top secret emails. Communist John Brennan was the director the freakin’ CIA, for cryin’ out loud.

    Whether Marxist or Islamist, the Democrat White Houses, from at least FDR, was full of enemy collaborators and spies.

  32. These Dims have such a cavalier attitude toward information security. Be thankful your banks don’t treat your account information and access the way the Dims treat national security secrets.

  33. He was a driver for 20 years and you don’t think he knew things, heard things that he didn’t send back to Beijing? Not only should the driver had been arrested but this should have been exposed to the public 5 years ago when this was revealed and she should have been forced to resign from the Senate.

  34. As bad as she is, her opponent,Kevin de Leon, is worse. In fact, THAT drooling moron pinko makes Feinstein seemed balanced, intelligent and reasonable. California politicians in general make me wish Sen. Joseph McCarthy and HUAC had succeeded in what they started out to do. They failed, and much of the country is in the toilet.

  35. The Democrat party is riddled with foreign spies and the Dems protect them. Exhibit A –

  36. Curtis Dunn says:

    She allowed him to retire???? So, this chinese spy is getting a US government pension? ONLY the dems would do this…only in California!

  37. Nita Hiltner says:

    Remember, she and her husband got Chinese contracts worth millions, maybe even billions.

  38. Jesus….did you catch all the media firestorm over this yesterday?

    Funny, neither did I.

  39. Details Surface About Chinese Spy Who Worked For Sen. Feinstein

    Investigators reportedly concluded the driver hadn’t leaked anything of substance and Feinstein forced him to retire.


    You are either a SPY, or NOT !

    Did he retire with a Federal Pension ?

  40. this is a hit piece nothing more probably from the dnc of california! come on 5 years ago and she was removed! so why bring it up now when every one knew about it 5 years ago but still voted her back in! she will cruise in the primary and the general! while i believe all are problems trump is trying to fix are caused by the people who keep getting re-elected! we need term limits for both houses! power corrupts,absolute power corrupts absolutely! you spend the majority of your life in washington you can be sure that age old adage rings true! just ask pelosi who steers business to her husbands manufacturing plants while sitting on the defense spending panel! bank account over 300 million and rising! when dealing with pol’s follow the money!

  41. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) (who serves on the ‘Senate Intelligence Committee’) colluded with Chinese government mole that worked in her office, allowing him to ‘hack’ our government. #ImpeachDianneFeinstein #MAGA

  42. Told you, should have voted for Patrick Little.

  43. Investigators reportedly concluded the driver hadn’t leaked anything of substance, BUT he DID leak some info and Feinstein “forced him to retire.” What does that mean, is he swimming with the fishes?

    1. Will this lead all the way back to the murder of a San Francisco Mayor?

  44. This is the problem with these career old people being elected over and over. They are way too dependent on staff and pay little attention to what is going on day to day. DWS put her entire computer network in the hands of a foreigner and acted like she was just so politically correct. In fact she and many others were compromised by their own naive worldview.

  45. Jack Riley says:

    A Chinese driver. I mean reallly? Lol.

  46. For twenty years DIanne Feinstein coluded with a Chinese Communist Spy. During this time she was on the Senate Intelligence Committee with access to America;s deepest secrets. . Feinstein needs to be in Guantanamo.

  47. RETIRED? Forced to RETIRE??? So the Chinese spy gets a big government pension from the country he was spying on? What’s wrong with picture? Somebody please arrest this guy and take his pension. I’m sick of stories like this. I’m fed up with stories of public servants doing crimes and being “suspended with pay pending an investigation” Let’s stop beating each other up about nonsense and demand some accountability from the government. I love my country but I can’t figure out how to protest these things. Write your congressman? why? I get a form letter back. Come on, how o we fix this???

  48. Neo Anderson says:

    There needs to be a Special Investigator appointed Immediately to investigate her for TREASON/Chinese Collusion and give him the exact same leeway as they gave Muleface…they have to all be republicans and use the exact same methods as Muleface’s band of merry liberals used on Trump….remember “what goes around cones around”

  49. Mitch McConnell might know the guy. Could even be one of his in-laws.

  50. Samuel Green says:

    James Comey and Loretta Lynch were to busy trying to stop President Trump from becoming president, in having secret meetings on the tarmac with Clinton, rather than investigation REAL COLLUSION and ESPIONAGE.

    20 years the FBI was fast asleep at the wheel, and this was DISCOVERED UNDER BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA’s administration, and they tried to hide this from the American people.

    Once again, Obama’s transparency promises were anything but.

    If Dianne Feinstein as the then Senate Intelligence Committee chairperson couldn’t root out a Chinese spy acting as her aide and driver FOR 20 YEARS, then this woman surely has no business on ANY senate committee. She should step down as she’s obviously stuck on stupid.

    Sessions should redirect and order Mueller to change directions and investigate James Comey, Loretta Lynch, Hillary pinocchio Clinton, Debra Wasserman Schultz for COLLUSION and DERELICTION OF DUTY.
    They would find evidence under each and every rock, yet they persist chasing imaginary unicorn farts they claim Trump has under his pillow.


  51. The RUSSIAN HOAX Continues but were finding out about MEGA Corrupt Democrat Politicians all over…ummm Okay! DRop the F-in HAMMER

  52. How this dumb b!tch was ever elected to the Senate, let alone serve on the Intelligence Committee is beyond atrocious.

  53. Harry Elden says:

    The FBI declined to comment? What a surprise!

  54. Neal says:

    We shouldn’t be so hard on her. After all, Trump is really treating China bad these days and we just can’t have that.

  55. This happened FIVE years ago! The FBI and Feinstein tried to squash and hide it for FIVE years.

  56. So now we are paying this guy a pension just to cover it up? DTS

  57. Marsha Moore says:

    She forced him to retire???? What is it with Dems that they care more about someone getting a pension rather than America’s National security? Why didn’t the FBI arrest him? DIFI could have at least FiRED HIM!!

  58. It’s amazing how quickly investigators concluded that the spy “leaked nothing of importance”. How could they possibly know that?!?!

  59. Dan McGuire says:

    These Dem women, and perhaps all women, are really stupid. They shouldn’t be allowed in office or to vote.

  60. david1800 says:

    They all get pay offs through their spouses.Her husbands Chinese deals go way back to before 1997.…5596.20716.0.21570.….0…1.1.64.psy-ab..6.22.3698…0j0i22i30k1j0i22i10i30k1j33i22i29i30k1j33i160k1j33i21k1.0.GfX42RUQjCg

  61. Anyone on CBS Tech willing to check all the IPs here?
    Could be interesting, considering IRA is confirmed as playing both sides.
    Not that Mother Russia would ever do anything like that, da tovarish?

  62. Obama weaponized and kept the intelligence community so busy spying on his political opponents that they didn’t have time for ‘little’ things like securing Senators and DNC servers.

  63. Stupidity is no excuse! This is TREASON.

  64. Don Abel says:

    “Investigators reportedly concluded the driver hadn’t leaked anything of substance” – yeah, that’s certainly believable – NOT!

  65. She should be held accountable as well.