It’s absolutely shocking that Terry McAuliffe would allow the company charged with financing his green car debacle to seek a visa for an executive from a firm identified as a national security threat.
Last year the United States House Intelligence Committee investigated Huawei Technologies’ close ties to Chinese intelligence services. They found that the company posed a “significant security threat” and urged government agencies and private companies to avoid doing business with them.
The very same day the report was issued; Barack Obama’s campaign released an advertisement seeking to tie the company to Mitt Romney. In the ad, the Obama campaign alleges that Romney put profits from China ahead of security for America. Couldn’t the same be said of Terry McAuliffe?
GreenTech’s Sister Company Gulf Coast Sought A Visa For An Executive Investigated By The House Intelligence Committee
At Least One Of The Visas Sought By Gulf Coast Was For A Vice President Of Huawei Technologies, A Chinese Telecommunications Company Investigated By The House Intelligence Committee Over Claims That It Is Closely Tied To Chinese Intelligence Services. “The emails obtained by Grassley’s office, which were shared with NBC News, show that, after winning approval to participate in the foreign visa program, at least one of the visas sought by Rodham’s firm was for a vice president of Huawei Technologies, a Chinese telecommunications firm that has been investigated by the House Intelligence Committee over claims that it is closely tied to the Chinese intelligence services. Huawei Technologies has denied such charges.” (Michael Isikoff, “Obama Nominee Faces Investigation Involving Company Run By Brother Of Hillary Clinton,” NBC News, 7/23/13)
The House Permanent Select Committee On Intelligence Expressed Strong Concerns About Huawei And Urged U.S. Government Agencies And Private Companies To Avoid Doing Business With The Firm
A 2012 U.S. House Permanent Select Committee On Intelligence Report Found That Huawei Posed A Significant Security Threat, And Urged Government Agencies To Refrain From Doing Business With The Company. “The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) must block acquisitions, takeovers, or mergers involving Huawei and ZTE given the threat to U.S. national security interests. Legislative proposals seeking to expand CFIUS to include purchasing agreements should receive thorough consideration by relevant Congressional committees. U.S. government systems, particularly sensitive systems, should not include Huawei or ZTE equipment, including component parts Similarly, government contractors – particularly those working on contracts for sensitive U.S. programs – should exclude ZTE or Huawei equipment in their systems.” (“Investigative Report on the U.S. National Security Issues Posed by Chinese Telecommunications Companies Huawei and ZTE,” United States House Of Representatives, Permanent Select Committee On Intelligence, 10/8/12, p. vi)
The Committee Report Also Urged Private Companies To Avoid Huawei. “Private sector entities in the United States are strongly encouraged to consider the long-term security risks associated with doing business with either ZTE or Huawei for equipment or services. U.S. network providers and systems developers are strongly encouraged to seek other vendors for their projects. Based on available classified and unclassified information, Huawei and ZTE cannot be trusted to be free of foreign state influence and thus pose a security threat to the United States and to our systems.” (“Investigative Report on the U.S. National Security Issues Posed by Chinese Telecommunications Companies Huawei and ZTE,” United States House Of Representatives, Permanent Select Committee On Intelligence, 10/8/12, p. vi-vii)
The Chinese Government Is Believed To Provide Significant Support For Huawei
The Chinese Government And Military Are Believed To Provide Significant Financial Support To Huawei. “Further, many analysts suggest that the Chinese government and military proclaim that Huawei is a ‘national champion’ and provide Huawei market-distorting financial support.” (“Investigative Report on the U.S. National Security Issues Posed by Chinese Telecommunications Companies Huawei and ZTE,” United States House Of Representatives, Permanent Select Committee On Intelligence, 10/8/12, p. 14)
Huawei’s Senior Leadership May Have Significant Ties To The Chinese Military And State Security Agencies
Ren Zhengfei, Huawei’s Founder, Is Retired People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Officer With Suspected Ties To The PLA Signals Intelligence Division, And Is Believed To Have Continuing Connections With The Chinese Military Today. “Many industry analysts, however, have suggested otherwise; many believe, for example, that the founder of Huawei, Ren Zhengfei, was a director of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Information Engineering Academy, an organization that they believe is associated with 3PLA, China’s signals intelligence division, and that his connections to the military continue. (“Investigative Report on the U.S. National Security Issues Posed by Chinese Telecommunications Companies Huawei and ZTE,” United States House Of Representatives, Permanent Select Committee On Intelligence, 10/8/12, p. 13-14)
Huawei Maintains An Internal Chinese Communist Party Committee, But Will Not Disclose Its Membership Or Its Powers
Huawei Maintains An Internal Chinese Communist Party Committee. “Huawei admits, however, that an internal Party Committee exists within Huawei. Huawei simply states that party committees are required by Chinese law to exist in all companies in China.” (“Investigative Report on the U.S. National Security Issues Posed by Chinese Telecommunications Companies Huawei and ZTE,” United States House Of Representatives, Permanent Select Committee On Intelligence, 10/8/12, p. 23)
General Michael Hayden, Former Head Of The CIA And NSA, Has Accused Huawei Of Spying For The Chinese Government
In A July 2013 Interview, Former CIA And NSA Director General Michael Hayden Accused Huawei Of Spying For The Chinese Government. “The former head of the US Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency, Michael Hayden, believes Chinese telecommunications manufacturer Huawei Technologies is a significant security threat to Australia and the US, has spied for the Chinese government, and intelligence agencies have hard evidence of its activities.” (Christopher Joye, “Huawei Spies For China, Says Ex-CIA Head,” Australian Financial Review, 7/19/13)
Huawei Had Approached Hayden To Join Its Board Of Directors, “But God Did Not Make Enough Slides On Huawei To Convince Me That Having Them Involved In Our Critical Communications Infrastructure Was Going To Be OK.” “General Hayden said he was approached to join Huawei’s American board. “Two or three years ago Huawei was trying to establish a pretty significant footprint here,” he said. “And they were trying to get people like me to endorse their presence in the US. “I reviewed Huawei’s briefing paper. But God did not make enough slides on Huawei to convince me that having them involved in our critical communications infrastructure was going to be OK. This was my considered view, based on a four-decade career as an intelligence officer.” (Christopher Joye, “Huawei Spies For China, Says Ex-CIA Head,” Australian Financial Review, 7/19/13)
Obama’s Campaign Released An Ad Attacking Romney For His Ties To Huawei
The Obama Campaign Released An Ad Tying Romney To Huawei Through Bain Capital. “China’s trade practices have spilled over into the U.S., becoming a presidential campaign issue between Mr. Obama and Republican Mitt Romney. In an Internet ad unveiled this week, the Obama campaign sought to tie Mr. Romney to Huawei through his former buyout firm, Bain Capital. Bain and Huawei had worked to acquire a U.S. company in 2008, but the deal was scuttled over national security concerns.” (Siobhan Gorman And Paul Mozur, “China Warns Huawei Report Could Harm U.S.-China Relations,” The Wall Street Journal, 10/9/12)
Obama’s Campaign Said Romney “Stood To Profit From The Huawei Deal.” “Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt said Mr. Romney, as a Bain investor, stood to profit from the Huawei deal and Mr. Romney didn’t speak out against it when asked by Republicans to do so.” (Siobhan Gorman And Paul Mozur, “China Warns Huawei Report Could Harm U.S.-China Relations,” The Wall Street Journal, 10/9/12)
Watch The Obama Campaign’s Ad Here.
Virginia Economic Development Partnership Officials Expressed Concerns About GreenTech Funding Saying It Had “Potential National Security Implications.”
Liz Povar, VEDP: “Still Can’t Get My Head Around This Being Anything Other Than A Visa-For-Sale Scheme…” “‘I maintain serious concerns about the establishment of an EB-5 center in general, and most specifically, based on this company,’ Liz Povar, vice president for business expansions at the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, wrote in the e-mail to colleagues in November 2009. ‘Not only based on (lack of) management expertise, (lack of) market preparation, etc. but also still can’t get my head around this being anything other than a visa-for-sale scheme with potential national security implications that we have no way to confirm or discount.’” (Laura Vozzella, “Democrat Terry McAuliffe’s Role In GreenTech Scrutinized,” Washington Post, 4/10/13)
Roy C. Dahlquist, VEDP: “Liz, Please Note That I Agree With Your Observations And Opinions On This Subject.” “Roy C. Dahlquist, then international investment manager at the partnership, responded: ‘Liz, Please note that I agree with your observations and opinions on this subject.’” (Laura Vozzella, “Democrat Terry McAuliffe’s Role In GreenTech Scrutinized,” Washington Post, 4/10/13)
Gulf Coast Handles GreenTech’s EB-5 Funding
“GreenTech Is Currently The Only Project For Which [Gulf Coast] Is Handling EB-5 Funds.” “Gulf Coast Funds Management was incorporated in Aug. 2008, and serves as the EB-5 regional center for Louisiana and Mississippi. [Gulf Coast Funds Management president Taylor] Beery said GreenTech is currently the only project for which it is handling EB-5 funds.” (Clay Chandler, “GreenTech Largest Project To Depend On EB-5: Experts Not Sure Investors Will Be Interested In A Hybrid Vehicle Plant In Mississippi,” Mississippi Business Journal, 10/19/09)
Gulf Coast Funds Management Website Currently Lists “GreenTech Automotive” As Their “Current Project.” “For more information about our current project, GreenTech Automotive, please visit their website…” (Gulf Coast Funds Management Website, www.gulfcoastfunds.com/portfoliocompanies/, Accessed 7/23/13)
According To Gulf Coast Funds Management’s Form I-924A Filed With United States Customs And Immigration Services, GreenTech Is Gulf Coasts’ Only Client. “Provide the following information for each job creating commercial enterprise located within the geographic scope of your regional center that has received EB-5 investor capital: GreenTech Automotive Partnership…” (“Form I-924A, Supplement To Form I-924,” United States Customs And Immigration Services, 12/29/12)