Is Rupert Murdoch's Ex-Wife, Wendi Deng Murdoch, A Chinese Secret Agent?

Jan 18, 2018, 04:21
Is Rupert Murdoch's Ex-Wife, Wendi Deng Murdoch, A Chinese Secret Agent?

Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was reportedly warned by U.S. security officials that Wendi Deng might use her friendship with him to push Beijing's agenda.

The Journal, which is published by Rupert Murdoch's behemoth media conglomerate News Corp, has published a number of stories that has drawn the ire of President Trump in recent weeks, including an article in which the White House claims Trump was misquoted while talking about his relationship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

He included that she "has definitely no learning of any garden ventures financed by the Chinese government".

Among the US officials' concerns was the prospect that Murdoch was lobbying for a massive $100 million construction project in Washington, D.C. that they feared could be used for surveillance by Chinese operatives.

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A spokesman said Wendi Deng Murdoch "has no knowledge of any concerns or other intelligence agency concerns relating to her or her associations", and denied she was aware of the garden project.

After reports that she was romantically involved with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair while still married to Mr. Murdoch, British security officials discussed with USA counterparts whether the alleged relationship could be cause for concern, this person said.

In 1999, she married News Corp. billionaire Rupert Murdoch, 85, and made headlines in 2011 when she slapped a protester who tried to throw a pie at the media mogul as he gave evidence during a public enquiry in London. "US counter-intelligence has slurred people before with flimsy suspicions, especially those people with ties to China (eg ethnic Chinese)". Kushner and Ms. Trump said the warning came during a routine briefing and was not based on any official accusation, going on to defend the couple's relationship with Deng Murdoch.

This is a developing story and will be updated. Regardless she utilizes her wedded name.

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The Journal has written extensively about Wendi Murdoch's background before, including before Rupert Murdoch bought the newspaper in 2007.

Deng Murdoch and Murdoch were together for 14 years and had two children together, Grace Helen Murdoch and Chloe Murdoch, before Murdoch filed for divorce in 2013. For as little as $3, you can help us.

The FBI said "there was motivation to be attentive" about Ms Deng, despite the fact that "they hadn't investigated her in detail", the WSJ source said.

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