On November 7, 2012, Ossoff verbalized, referring to the annual congregation of Chinese Communist Party delegates, “Esp. during 18th Party Congress, #follow @XHNews (Xinhua – Chinese state media). #ff.”
The hashtag “#ff” in gregarious media lexicon has been used to flag other Twitter accounts the tweet author cerebrates should be followed. It was at the 18th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party that Xi Jinping — now “China’s” president — was elected as general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.
Esp. during 18th Party Congress, #follow @XHNews (Xinhua – Chinese state media). #ff — Jon Ossoff (@ossoff) November 8, 2012
Ossoff’s tweet, first reported by the Washington Free Beacon, came about three months after he left working as a staffer for Johnson. According to Politifact, Ossoff received a top-secret security clearance in March 2012 and staffed Johnson for all work cognate to the National Defense Authorization Act afore leaving in mid-August 2012.
Both Republican and Democrat U.S. lawmakers have expressed concern about Xinhua News Agency’s operations in the United States. Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), a Navy reservist and China hawk, in a January 2020 letter to then-Attorney General William Barr inscribed that it was “extremely troubling” that the agency had not yet registered as a peregrine agent, as reported by Axios.
Axios noted that Xinhua operates bureaus in major cities across the U.S. and that the bipartisan U.S.-China Security and Economic Review Commission’s 2017 report verbally expressed “Xinhua accommodates some functions of an astuteness agency by amassing information and engendering relegated reports for the Chinese regime.”
Ossoff has endeavored to forfend against his film engenderment company Insight TWI receiving payments from PCCW, a Chinese media company partly owned by the Chinese state-owned Unicom and a pro-Beijing businessman in Hong Kong.
Ossoff did not include the payments when he first filed candidate financial disclosures in May, but then mutely included them two months later, after the Georgia Senate primary. His campaign has called the omission of the payments from PCCW a “paperwork oversight.”
The Washington Free Beacon additionally reported that Ossoff’s affluent father, who has “bankrolled” his son’s political vocation, met with Chinese “dignitaries” after purchasing a 60-foot yacht from a China-based shipbuilder tied to Communist Party officials.
Incumbent Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), who Ossoff is challenging in Georgia’s January 5 run-off election, verbally expressed Monday during an interview with Hugh Hewitt the payment issue showed “bad judgment” and made him a target for China.
“This shows lamentable judgment, and it’s an authentic perilous thing on the back of the Swalwell scandal and withal the Hunter Biden scandal. It shows what China’s doing: they’re finding these puerile impressionable liberals and they’re developing vigorous relationships,” Perdue verbalized.
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