By Mary Fanning and Alan Jones | February 19, 2021
Elaine Chao, the Taiwanese-born wife of now-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), failed to disclose during her federal confirmation process that she served on the board of directors of the Multa Communications Corporation, also known as Multacom. Multicom is a California company that entered into multiple joint ventures with Chinese state-owned telecom companies China Unicom and China Mobile Tietong.
Internet Protocol (IP) addresses owned by China Unicom and China Mobile Tietong, according to a forensic data analysis, were used to conduct a cyberwarfare attack on the 2020 U.S. election and to switch votes from President Trump to Joe Biden. This was an act of hybrid warfare via cyberwarfare against the United States.
These CCP-owned source IP addresses used to launch China’s cyberwarfare attack on the 2020 U.S. election belong to Multicom’s CCP joint venture partners China Unicom and China Mobile Tietong.
Chao Concealed Board Membership At Multicom, Internet Company In Joint Ventures With CCP Telecoms
Elaine Chao concealed her membership on Multicom’s board of directors from the United States government, including from the U.S. Congress and from U.S. intelligence agencies that conduct national security background investigations of presidential senior cabinet nominees. Upon Senate confirmation, these senior cabinet officials receive top secret security clearances to access classified secrets.
In spite of Chao’s decades of deeply troubling business, financial, political, and familial connections with Chinese Communist Party leaders and state-owned enterprises, including CCP telecom and internet companies, Chao’s husband Senator Mitch McConnell dismissed all claims brought forward by the Trump administration and his Republican Senate colleagues that dangerous foreign adversaries such as China hacked into the 2020 U.S. election as “conspiracy theories.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell now has more problems than just his blatant betrayal of President Trump and the American voter. His wife’s dubious relationship with the CCP casts a shadow over McConnell’s bona fides to govern anything in the United States of America, much less the Republican caucus of the U.S. Senate.
An August 9, 2020 Wall Street Journal report revealed that “National security adviser Robert O’Brien said Sunday that Chinese hackers were targeting U.S. election infrastructure in the lead up to the Nov. 3 presidential election, making a new claim about the level of Beijing’s activity in the election.”
“Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called for senators to reject the effort to ‘overturn’ the election during a joint session of Congress on Jan. 6,” the Washington Post reported.
“President Trump claims the election was stolen. The assertions vary from particular native allegations to constitutional arguments to sweeping conspiracy theories,” Senator McConnell contended during his rambling, confusing January 6th speech before fellow Senators. “But my colleagues, nothing earlier than us proves illegality anyplace close to the large scale — the large scale — that may have tipped your complete election.”
McConnell’s own family has deep connections to the Chinese Communist Party and to CCP-owned telecom companies that, according to a forensic data analysis, own IP addresses from which a massive cyberwafare attack was launched from China targeting the 2020 U.S. election in order to flip votes from Donald Trump to Joe Biden.
McConnell’s Wife Chao Tied To Chinagate, Multacom, PLA Intelligence, Chinese Cyber Espionage Ring, According To China Experts
In an October 4, 2014 opinion piece at the Cincinnati Enquirer, Curtis Ellis, senior adviser at America First Policies and Harry Wu, who was a Chinese-American human rights activist imprisoned for 19 years in 12 different Chinese labor camps, wrote:
Besides her family friendship with Beijing’s communist bosses, [Senator Mitch McConnell’s wife Elaine] Chao had ties to the company at the center of the Chinagate money laundering scandal, another firm in partnership with an intelligence-gathering front for the People’s Liberation Army, and an Internet company, Multacom, subsequently linked to a notorious Chinese cyberespionage ring.
Curtis Ellis wrote at the Huffington Post in December 2014:
Conservatives warned of China’s threat to our national security, but McConnell ignored these concerns and voted to open the door to more investment in the communist country, as Clinton asked …
… Al Gore was married to Tipper, not Chao, when he took illegal campaign contributions from foreign nationals in the Chinagate scandal. The man convicted of laundering campaign money for Gore also directed dollars to McConnell. (He eventually returned the money.)
Harry Wu died in 2016. Fellow Chao critic Curtis Ellis, who advised the Trump 2016 campaign and transition team, passed away this week on February 14, 2021.
Chinese-American human rights activist Harry Wu (L) and Curtis Ellis, Senior Adviser at America First Policies (R)
When Do ‘Mistakes’ With Intent Become Deception?
Elaine Chao, who served as Chair of the Federal Maritime Commission and later as U.S. Secretary of Labor and U.S. Secretary of Transportation, failed to disclose as part of her confirmation process that she had served on the board of directors of California-based tech company Multacom beginning on July 1, 2000.
A representative for Chao said “the lack of disclosure was an inadvertent omission.”
Netsol Technologies, Inc. was established in 1995. In a January 10, 2000 filing with the California Secretary of State, Netsol Technologies announced that it had changed its name to Multa Communications Corporation (Multacom).
The Los Angeles Times reported on June 19, 2000:
Privately held Multa Communications Corp. said it recently raised $13.5 million from a private sale of 6 million of the company’s shares at $2.25 each. Multacom Chief Executive Abbey Silverstone said the money raised came mostly from investors in China and Taiwan.
The communications company, based in Industry [California], will use the proceeds to expand its network in the United States and Asia as well as fund the purchase of transoceanic lines.
The Los Angeles Times subsequently reported on August 5, 2001:
Bob Hong, a Taiwan-born entrepreneur who has been doing business in Asia for two decades, said he convinced Chinese officials that his firm, Multacom Corp., would be a more trustworthy partner than the larger multinationals vying for their business.
“AT&T. they want to dominate the market [in China] so they are a threat,” said Hong, chairman of the board of Multacom. “We are sincere and we really want to be a partner.”
Multacom, a broadband provider based in Industry [California], has formed a joint venture with China Railway Telecom, which has 74,000 miles of fixed lines and 26,000 miles of fiber-optic cable previously used for communication within the Ministry of Railways…
…Multacom also has signed an agreement with China Unicom to provide broadband connections between the United States, China and Taiwan. The Chinese telecom firm serves the China side and Multacom provides the connection within the U.S…
…Multacom officials–who are partners with Taiwan’s giant Chunghwa Telecom–said they hope to be among the first to offer direct telecom services between the two longtime adversaries once the door is opened.
According to the forensic data analysis presented at The American Report, and subsequently in the ‘Absolute Proof’ documentary, China Unicom owned Internet Protocol addresses where the cyberwarfare attack originated and targeted IP addresses of government offices in the United States that were handling election data and switched votes from Trump to Biden.
The forensic data analysis shows that China Unicom, a CCP company linked through Multacom to Mitch McConnell’s wife Secretary Elaine Chao, hacked into multiple Pennsylvania precincts, including the Philadelphia County election office.
In 2018, China Unicom entered a 5G partnership with Huawei, that was, according to the forensic data analysis, also involved in the cyberwarfare attack on the 2020 U..S Election.
John B. Judis, former senior editor, The New Republic
Senior Editor of The New Republic John B. Judis wrote in the magazine’s April 23, 2001 issue:
The third set of questions is the most troubling of all. While at the Heritage Foundation, Elaine Chao served on the board of directors of numerous corporations. Several, including the Millipore Corporation and Protective Life Corporation, have invested in the Chinese market. But none is as committed to China as a California start-up, the Multa Communications Corporation, or Multacom for short. Multacom, a broadband network service provider, offers direct Internet links between China and the United States through MultaNet China, a joint venture with government-owned China Unicom. The PRC-owned company owns 51 percent. Multacom’s cable lines are being laid through another joint venture with another Chinese government company, the China Railway Telecommunications Center. [China Railway Telecommunications is now known as China Mobile Tietong]
On January 15, a few days after Bush nominated Chao to be secretary of labor, Multacom issued a press release praising Chao for her service to the company. It said she “had served as a member of the board of directors for Multacom since July 1, 2000.” Bob Hong, chairman of Multacom’s board, said, “The staff at Multacom, both in the U.S.A. and Asia are all very excited and proud of Ms. Chao’s nomination.” And Hong personally confirmed to me that she was a director. There is only one problem: Multacom does not appear on the financial disclosure report that she submitted to the Office of Government Ethics on January 29 [,2001], even though the form requires under law that she disclose every position she held with “any corporation, firm, partnership or other business enterprise,” whether compensated or not. Did Chao list Multacom under another guise? Or did she exclude it? And if she did, was it because its fortunes were so closely linked to the Chinese government? I called Chao’s office to inquire, and, at her aide’s request, sent a written question. I never received a response.
The South China Morning Post reported on May 16, 2001:
Judis claims his most ‘troubling’ question relates to Ms. Chao’s service on the board of the Multa Communications Corporation, a Californian Internet start-up, known as Multacom. The company runs direct Internet links between the mainland and the US in a joint venture with China Unicom. Her role does not appear in official disclosure documents filed before taking up her latest role in the Bush cabinet.
A spokesman for Ms. Chao reportedly described the lack of disclosure as an inadvertent omission. He stated Ms. Chao was only on the board briefly and ‘never received any money from the company, and her only involvement was one half-hour conference call’.
Senator McConnell And Wife Elaine Chao Deeply Tied To CCP Through Her Father James Chao, Former CCP General Secretary Jiang Zemin, And Former Chinese Premier Wen Jiaboa
The Chao family has long enjoyed access to communist China’s top leaders.
According to a June 2, 2019 New York Times profile of Elaine Chao and her family:
Mr. Chao [Elaine Chao’s father James Chao] got exceptional access. In 1984 he was invited to Beijing to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the People’s Republic and meet with the country’s top leader, Deng Xiaoping, according to materials at a museum in Shanghai dedicated to Mr. Chao’s wife, Ruth Mulan Chu Chao, who died in 2007.
Elaine Chao’s father James Chao, founder of the Foremost Group shipping company, went to school with and has maintained a lifelong friendship with former CCP General Secretary Jiang Zemin. Jiang Zemin took over China following the bloody 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.
Elaine Chao, her father James Chao, and CCP General Secretaries Xi Jinping (current) and Jiang Zemin (former).
While she was serving as U.S. Secretary of Labor, a cabinet position that does not routinely entail overseas diplomatic missions, Elaine and James Chao met with People’s Republic of China Premier Wen Jiabao on August 23, 2008 at the Zhongnanhai Leadership Compound in Beijing, stated a WikiLeaks-obtained-and-released U.S. State Department cable marked “Sensitive But Unclassified Please protect accordingly.”
Elaine Chao submitted her resignation letter from her position as President Trump’s Secretary of Transportation on January 7, 2021, citing the January 6, 2021 U.S. Capitol riot as the reason for her early exit.
Chao’s family members including her father James Chao and her younger sister Angela Chao, through business interests and board memberships including at the Bank of China and of China State Shipbuilding Corporation, continues to maintain close connections to the Chinese Communist Party, continuing through the November 2020 election, and on into 2021 and the future.
The Louisville Courier-Journal, Sunday, April 22, 2001
CCP’s China Unicom Entered Joint Venture With Spain’s Telefónica With $1 Billion Mutual Investment; Telefónica Invested In Spain’s Scytl; Telefónica And Scytl Launched “OpenSeneca, a partnership to transform digital democracy”; Scytl Contracted To Perform 2020 US Election Night Reporting
Telefónica S.A. CEO Cesar Alierta shaking hands with China Unicom Chairman Chang Xiaobing.
In 2009. China Unicom and Spain’s Telefónica announced a $1 billion mutual investment and strategic alliance agreement.
“The Board is pleased to announce that on 21 October 2009, the Company and Telefónica completed the mutual investment of the equivalent of US$1 billion in each other,” China Unicom’s Board of Directors declared in an official announcement.
As of April 2019, approximately a year and a half before the 2020 U.S. election, China Unicom’s joint venture with Spain’s Telefónica was ramping up even more, according to a Telefónica press release:
Madrid, April 22nd 2019.- China Unicom, Telefónica and JD Digits announced that JD Digits has made a strategic investment, through a capital increase, in Smart Steps Digital Technology Co. Ltd. [“Smart Steps”], the big data company established by China Unicom and Telefónica in 2015. The investment of 100 million yuan (around 13.2 million euros) grants JD Digits a 16.7% stake of the company. China Unicom and Telefónica will hold a 45.8% and 37.5% stake respectively. The investment implies a post-money valuation of the JV of around 80 million euros, more than a 5-fold growth since Telefonica’s initial investment.
On February 24, 2016, eight and a half months before the 2016 U.S. election, Telefónica and Barcelona-based election night reporting (ENR) firm Scytl simultaneously announced that they had together launched “OpenSeneca, a partnership to transform digital democracy.”
“We have been an investor in Scytl for many years and have seen how they have been consolidating their business and growing internationally, leveraging business opportunities as these arise,” Ana Segurado, Global Director of Telefónica Open Future stated in Telefónica’s announcement.
“Scytl provided to city, county, and state clients across the United States…Election Night Reporting (ENR): ENR is a platform that provides visual representation of votes that have been tabulated by state and local elections officials,” according to a November 2020 statement issued by Scytl.
“Allegheny County [Pennsylvania] has contracted with Scytl to display County election results in a manner that is transparent and simple for both the general public and users who are interested in detailed data and analytics,” Allegheny County stated in an official Allegheny county document uploaded to the county’s website and dated October 27, 2020. “Allegheny County began using Scytl for election results during the 2016 General Election.”
China Unicom’s Spanish strategic alliance partner Telefónica previously owned a stake in and remains in a brand license agreement with Czech telecom company 02. The American Report exclusively reported on January 11, 2021 that “an IP address owned by O2 Czech Republic, a Czech company offering mobile communications and internet access services, hacked into a Michigan IP address on November 3 [,2020], according to the data analysis.”
On November 3, 2020, An IP address owned by Huawei Cloud targeted an IP address owned by Allegheny County elections, according to the data analysis. As previously mentioned, China Unicom entered a 5G partnership with Huawei in 2018.
Shipping Cargo For The CCP
The Foremost Group, James Chao’s shipping company, “has almost no footprint left in the United States, save for a modest corporate headquarters in Midtown Manhattan,” the New York Times noted.
“The Washington Post reported that McConnell’s wealth increased sevenfold in 10 years, from $3.1 million in 2004 to $22.8 million in 2014. According to The Post, the couple received an inheritance after Chao’s mother passed away in 2007,” Business Insider reported.
Former Chief of the U.S. Liaison Office in the People’s Republic of China (de facto U.S. Ambassador to China) President George H.W. Bush, Elaine Chao, and Senator Mitch McConnell
The New York Times reported on May 13, 2014:
Mr. McConnell had come to Washington in the 1960s as an intern, and later was an aide in the Senate. He befriended Stuart Bloch, a public interest lobbyist against the Vietnam War who wore a cape and Borsalino hat. (“You have to distinguish yourself,” he explained in a phone interview.) The conservative and liberal young men hit it off, sharing dinners and celebrating each other’s birthday.
Senator Mitch McConnell’s long-time friend Stuart Bloch.
“Washington lawyer Stuart Bloch, the longtime friend who set McConnell and Chao up in the 1990s, calls Chao a “tiger wife,” according to The Atlantic. Sources have asked whether he should also have called her a spy.
Stuart Bloch flashing the peace sign.
“Horowitz paints Chao as McConnell’s energetic, accomplished partner-in-crime”
The New York Times also reported:
But Ms. Chao is less partisan in her socializing. This year, she was a host of a dinner to welcome Penny Pritzker, Mr. Obama’s top donor, to the administration as commerce secretary. She spent the evening next to Valerie Jarrett, the president’s closest adviser. “I remember looking across the table and seeing the two of them just laughing,” said Catherine Reynolds, a philanthropist and event co-host.
New York Times reporter Jason Horowitz writes, “Those who have encountered [Elaine] Chao describe her as an unapologetically ambitious operator with an expansive network, a short fuse, and a seemingly inexhaustible drive to get to the top and stay there.” “Horowitz paints Chao as McConnell’s energetic, accomplished partner-in-crime,” according to The Atlantic.
McConnell’s Sister-In-Law Angela Chao On Board of The Bank Of China, Connected To Hunter Biden’s BHR That, According To A Cybersecurity Source, Supplied Computers For China’s Cyberwarfare Attack On 2020 U.S. Election
Senator McConnell’s sister-in-law Angela Chao, Elaine Chao’s younger sister, serves on the boards of the Bank of China and China State Shipbuilding Corporation, both of which are powerful CCP state-owned enterprises.
The New York Times wrote:
In a rarity for foreigners, Angela and James Chao have served on the board of the holding company for China State Shipbuilding, a state-owned enterprise that makes ships for the Chinese military, along with Foremost and other customers. Angela Chao is also on the board at the Bank of China, a top lender to the shipbuilder.
Chao’s Sister Angela On Bank Of China Board With Senior Chinese Communist Party Officials, Says Peter Schweizer
Peter Schweizer wrote in his 2018 book Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends:
As the Congressional Research Service notes, “All of China’s banks share a common governance system, involving senior bank officers, board of directors, and a board of supervisors. The senior bank officers are members of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and are appointed by the CCP. The officers are also assigned ranks in the Chinese government’s hierarchy, ranging from the equivalent of a bureau chief to a vice minister.” As a result, the bank’s board of directors includes all senior Chinese officials and one lone Dutch banker. But now they would be getting a new member: Senator McConnell’s sister-in-law, Angela Chao.
Chao’s Troubling Hunter Biden BHR Connection
“Rosemont Seneca was formed in 2009 by Hunter Biden, the son of then-Vice President Joe Biden, by Chris Heinz, the stepson of former Secretary of State John Kerry, and others,” a U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs report states.
“Rosemont Seneca and the Bank of China created a $1 billion investment fund called Bohai Harvest RST (BHR),” according to the New York Post.
“BHR’s website says it is the cross-border investment arm of a state-approved Chinese private equity firm and is supported by some of China’s largest financial institutions, including the Bank of China,” Reuters reported on October 3, 2019.
The American Report exclusively reported on February 8, 2010:
Computers in China used to conduct a cyberwarfare attack on the 2020 U.S. election by switching votes from President Trump to Joe Biden were purchased by Bohai Harvest RST (Shanghai) Equity Investment Fund Management Co., Ltd. (BHR), sources say.
The investment fund BHR was founded in 2013. Hunter Biden joined the BHR board of directors and took an equity stake while his father was Vice President.
Elaine Chao Reportedly Behind Firing Of Heritage Foundation Analyst Opposed To Bill Clinton’s Scheme To Close US Navy Base In Long Beach, CA And Lease It To China’s COSCO Shipping
Long Beach Naval Shipyard and Long Beach Naval Station in Southern California
Elaine Chao initially served as a fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, between 1996 and 2001, after previously serving as Chair of the Federal Maritime Commission from 1988 to 1989 and Deputy Secretary of Transportation from 1989 to 1991.
Around the same time, or shortly before, Chao began working at Heritage, President Bill Clinton, between 1995 and 1996, schemed to hand over the former Long Beach Naval Shipyard and Long Beach Naval Station in Long Beach, California to communist Chinese state-owned shipping company COSCO via a lease from the City of Long Beach.
COSCO’s lease went through, but the deal was eventually cancelled via Congressional action in 1998.
On April 15, 1997, California Republican Representative Duke Cunningham was recognized for 60 minutes to speak on the floor of Congress about the topic of “COSCO: A COMMUNIST CHINESE-OWNED COMPANY (C-SPAN VIDEO). According to the Congressional Record, Representative Cunningham stated:
Mr. Speaker, President Clinton took a personal role in promoting the interests of COSCO. At the same time he was cutting over 100 warships from the U.S. fleet, drawn up by the Bush administration, a 23 percent cut. The symbolism could not be anymore stark.
Richard Fisher, senior policy analyst with the Asian Studies Center of the Heritage Foundation, noted the real security concerns of Long Beach Steel in a Washington Times column on April 13. His main point is given below.
If it so desires, the Chinese leadership can direct that COSCO assets be put at the disposal of the People’s Liberation Army, the PLA, or the main espionage organ, the Ministry of State Security, the MSS. Do we really want a subsidiary of the People’s Republic of China, a future superpower, to have such large presence at a port on our own coast, one of the only two West Coast ports with a dry dock large enough to repair our aircraft carriers?
Mr. Speaker, I would say that we do not. It is one of the reasons that the gentleman from California [Mr. Duncan Hunter] and I offered a bill to stop this takeover by a Communist power of U.S. territory.
Paul Sperry, in a June 16, 2001 article at World Net Daily titled “Chao’s pro-China coup at Heritage, reported:
A Heritage Foundation military analyst who sounded warnings about Chinese threats to U.S. security was shown the door after Elaine L. Chao, the conservative think tank’s top Asian studies adviser, complained about his policy writings, WorldNetDaily has learned.
Chao’s views on China have come under closer scrutiny after President-elect Bush picked her to head the Labor Department. As a Cabinet member, she would have top-secret clearance and be in regular contact with national security officials…
…Some reports by the ousted Heritage analyst — 16-year veteran Richard Fisher Jr. — were footnoted in the declassified version of the bipartisan Cox Report, which documented Chinese espionage at U.S. defense labs, while warning of the CMC’s goal of modernizing the People’s Liberation Army to project power out past the mainland’s waters, targeting U.S. allies like Taiwan and even the U.S.
The Cox Report also rankled Chao, Heritage insiders say.
“Elaine Chao was part of the deal that got Rick Fisher fired from Heritage,” said a congressional aide who’s worked with him on China matters. “She pushed him out not because of free-trade issues, but because he raised national security concerns over China.”
A Heritage insider agreed: “She was not supportive of any of his writings on the Chinese military.”
China State Shipbuilding is constructing advanced warships for the People’s Liberation Army Navy.
Chinese warships connected to the family of Senator Mitch McConnell and James Chao are already challenging U.S. Navy sailors and aviators as China expands its Anti Access/Area Denial (A2AD) operations across the South China Sea.
While she was U.S. Labor Secretary, Chao reportedly trashed hard-working Americans and argued that foreign workers are simply better. According to the Denver Post, Chao told a Parade Magazine interviewer that “American employees must be punctual, dress appropriately and have good personal hygiene. They need anger-management and conflict-resolution skills, and they have to be able to accept direction. Too many young people bristle when a supervisor asks them to do something.”
For whose side are Senator Mitch McConnel and his “tiger wife” Elaine Chao really playing, the United States of America or the People’s Republic of China?
Did Senator McConnell and his wife have any knowledge of or involvement in China’s cyberwafare attack on the 2020 U.S. election that switched votes from President Trump to Joe Biden?
Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who were both caught by the FBI in close, multi-year relationships with Chinese spies, are pikers compared to Secretary Elaine Chao and Senator Mitch McConnell.
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