December 13, 2020 | 11:10 AM ET
UPDATE (11:45 AM ET): Click here to see the CCP database
The Chinese Communist Party has infiltrated the Australian, British, and US consulates in Shanghai, with a government-run recruitment agency placing advisers into Western embassies for more than a decade, according to The Australian.
An investigation by The Australian found that at least 10 consulates in Shanghai have CCP members employed as senior political and government affairs specialists, clerks, economic advisers and executive assistants.
Foreign affairs experts warn the employment of CCP members in the consulates, some for up to 16 years, could be part of a “state-sponsored spy ring,” while intelligence officers labelled it a breach of protocol and a risk to national security, The Australian reports.
The Australian also reports the leaked CCP database reveals communist members working in global companies such as Boeing — which has billions of dollars in defense contracts — inside Pfizer and AstraZeneca, pharmaceutical companies which are developing coronavirus vaccines, and at Western universities.