CIA Director Employed Chinese Communist Party Members at Elite Think Tank: Report

When CIA Director William Burns was president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the prominent D.C. think tank employed at least 20 undisclosed Chinese Communist Party (CCP) members, a Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF) investigation has discovered.

Expert profiles on Carnegie’s website, however, do not disclose the ties of these individuals to the CCP, with the DCNF only revealing the connection after going through hundreds of Chinese-language, Communist Party branch records and personnel profiles from more than a dozen groups linked to the CCP.

Burns’ term as head of Carnegie, from 2015 to November 2021, coincided with a higher state of concern from the FBI regarding the CCP carrying out “malign influence operations” against key American institutions, with FBI Director Christopher Wray warning in July 2020 that the CCP seeks to “influence our policymakers” and “manipulate our public opinion” by exploiting the “openness” of our society.

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