Commenter Cassander posted a link to Andrea Widburg's article at AmThinker this morning. As it happens, I've been spending some time this morning listening to Dan Bongino interview Rudy Giuliani while reading Widburg's article (Forget the Hunter Biden sex tapes. The real news is much bigger than that.) and a companion piece. Here's Cassander's summary of the allegations we're hearing about. I hasten to add that Widburg, a lawyer, isn't prone to wild speculation. Moreover, what's been documented so far makes these new allegations all too probable:
First: China has long owned Biden thanks to its having compromising information about his family (and possibly about him too).
Second: Biden identified CIA assets in China. The back story is that, between 2010 and 2012, China executed or imprisoned 18 to 20 assets who had bravely worked with the CIA, destroying a critical intelligence network.
Third: [A dissent Chinese billionaire, Guo Wengui, controls 'outlets' which] have “millions of videos and photos” of people who have worked with the Chinese against their own countries, implying] that Guo managed to get into China’s “blackmail” database and can release that information.
As you can see from #3, these allegations come from Guo Wengui, a "dissident Chinese billionaire" and friend of Steve Bannon. As you can see, however, Widburg's title is a bit misleading. There's no "forget[ting] the Hunter Biden sex tapes." Because the sex blackmail is key to the whole thing. Here's Widburg's summary of Guo's background and the leadup to these allegations:
Guo was born in mainland China and gained his wealth doing construction work. Eventually, he ran into trouble, and the Chinese government accused him of corruption. (The reality, of course, is that anyone who has become wealthy in China was corrupt.)
Guo escaped with his wealth to America. He is a fervent enemy of the Chinese Communist Party and has made it his mission to bring it down. One of his friends is Steve Bannon, with whose help he founded GTV and GNews. ...
... on September 25, a Guo-affiliated YouTube station uploaded a Chinese-language video announcing that Guo and Bannon had sent “sent three hard disks of evidence” to both the Justice Department and Nancy Pelosi.
Three days later, Himalaya Global, a movement that Guo and Bannon started, published a tweet making the same announcement, only adding that the disks created a “big money and sex scandal.” ...
... Since then, revelations from the New York Post, Rudy Giuliani, Tony Bobulinski, and other anonymous sources have confirmed that Hunter’s hard drive had compromising financial information. Now, thanks to GTV’s videos and photos, it looks like Guo was also telling the truth about a sex scandal.
In other words, the allegations in the tweet about disks of evidence and financial and sex scandals appear true. That makes it possible, indeed probable, that the other allegation in the tweet is true: namely, that not only has the FBI had Hunter’s computers since December 2019, but also that both Nancy Pelosi and the DOJ have been sitting on the same information since September 28, 2020.
If Nancy Pelosi is sitting on those disks, all I can say is it must be a very uncomfortable place to be sitting right now. As for DoJ "sitting on the same information," Rudy addresses that in the interview with Bongino. What he has to say is actually encouraging, and I'll get to that further down. First ...
The other article I was reading while I published Cassander's comment is China’s Communist Party is backing the left’s revolution, seeking our downfall and subjugation. Having worked CI for over two decades, nothing I've been reading about the Bidens and the Red Chinese comes as a surprise. Certainly, if you read anything put out by Falun Gong (think, Epoch Times) you'll know that they take it for granted that many US politicians have been sexually compromised by their ethnic Chinese staffers. And of course, sex and money go hand in hand in these matters.
The many refugees from Russia 90 years ago were largely ignored by the intelligentsia of the time. They saw the refugees as supporters of the Czar with heavy Russian accents. The Chinese diaspora suffers from problems similar to the Russian refuges from communism. Many Chinese in the West understand all too well the tactics of the communists. ...
The communists compromise people with money, sex and intimidation. Rooms in hotels open to foreigners in China are wired for video and sound. Sexpionage uses women to target and blackmail foreigners. Taiwanese businessmen routinely push a sofa against hotel doors to prevent waking up with a woman in their bed. Chinese immigrants must always worry about their relatives back in China. Chinese intelligence vacuums data from the cellphones and computers of foreign visitors. In the Muslim region of Xinjiang knives have QR codes tying them to the owner. Huge numbers of these Muslims have been sent to prison camps.
It is unlikely that Biden is the only high U.S. official compromised by the Chinese regime. Kamala Harris’s husband works for a firm that represents Chinese communist interests. Senator Diane Feinstein’s husband is also tied to China. The Chinese don’t buy Americans with bags of cash. They use law firm fees, consulting contracts or business deals.
You can count on it that the FBI has been watching these developments for a long time. You can also count on it that any FBI action has been strenuously resisted by the political establishment in DC--for many years.
Which brings us to the Rudy/Bongino interview--and you'll see how well it fits in with all the above.
Rudy says lots of interesting things. Here are two of them. This first segment I'll transcribe at some length just to give the total context. Bear in mind what I said yesterday. Yes, Rudy is a highly accomplished former prosecutor. He's doing investigating for Trump, but he's also serving as a publicist for Trump. So when he says that the FBI has done nothing--he doesn't know that. It happens to serve a narrative, a political narrative. When he says if he were the US Attorney he could have an indictment in a month, provided everything works out--that's braggadoccio that serves a political narrative. He can't possibly know what the FBI and DoJ are doing--not the full extent. So, when you get to the end of this excerpt, what's important is that the FBI vouches for Rudy and Rudy ends up vouching for the FBI. He says they have an ongoing money laundering case and he says he knows something about it. So they haven't just been sitting on things doing nothing, and he's probably known that all along. And at that point you'll see Rudy speaks in a bit more circumscribed way. Here we go:
So, when we came across that--Bernie Kerik and I--we were examining this. We went over the text messages first. I found this maybe three days ago [Hunter's text to Joe about the sex and crack stuff] and that's what motivated me to go take a look at the pictures. And I was shocked when I saw them. So, this is not my area of expertise, and in many ways it's not even Bernie's. So we called two very highly skilled former New York City detectives who did child endangerment cases as a career. And I showed it to them and I said, 'What are my obligations here? What do I hafta do?' And they said, 'Well, actually, since it's been given to the FBI, you don't hafta do anything. But, since the FBI has had it for almost a year, and since from every other aspect of the case there seems to have been no action taken, you should probably be safe and report it to the local police.'
Well, of course the 'local police' is in Delaware and he [Biden] owns Delaware, right, we thought, 'The heck with it!' Bernie and I don't get afraid to easily, so I called the Delaware police. I probably made them faint. I told them who I was and I told them what I wanted to come and deliver, what I considered the material that I had an obligation to deliver to them. And that they had an obligation to investigate. So we went down there on Monday morning. We brought with us the illustrations that we thought kinda laid this out. We also brought the entire hard drive--if they wanted it. And we showed it to them, did a presentation, they examined it. They asked for the hard drive and then they basically assured us that they were going to analyze it and investigate it. And then we learned a day later that they sent it up to the AG of Delaware, who's a politically elected official, Democrat, and ally of Senator Biden's and then she punted it to the FBI.
So, think about that, right? It made a circle. It's been with the FBI for ten months. They've taken no action, and they sent it back to the FBI. But something did happen. Early yesterday there was a leak [Leak? Or Statement?] from the FBI that the emails that we presented, the ones that Chris Wallace accused me of being 'unreliable'--I'm not happy about that--the FBI found to be accurate, valid, and connected to an ongoing money laundering case that they have going on. And I have some knowledge of that case. And then beyond the money laundering case, there are five cases here that, if I were US Attorney I could have this indictment--assuming the testimony works out the same way as the text messages and emails--could probably have the indictment in a month. And they're very serious cases. We know some of them. I mean, we know about Ukraine and we know about Hunter Biden was paid, total amount, in excess of ten million dollars in Ukraine. Including some money laundering payments that haven't been counted. I have the proof of that [description of fictitious loans that end up in Hunter Biden and John Kerry company.] [Continues.]
So, we've learned something, we've received some confirmation. Now, Rudy offers an overview of
Rudy: All that stuff about Joe Biden not knowing about Hunter's foreign business? Which I think we disproved  that's total crap. Hunter doesn't do a damn thing without talking to Joe. And there's no doubt that, all over the years, Hunter's been kicking money back to Joe and taking care of Joe's expenses. Which explains why Joe  has five homes.  I don't think he's an investment expert.
Bongino:  Is there a possibility that this from the start was a Chinese operation to get dirt on the Bidens, knowing that he'd run for president?  Nothing to do with business and everything to do with dirtying up the Bidens.
Rudy: Two things. The Chinese are dumb and like to give away billions of dollars. The Chinese are, among other things, very intelligent, and they know what they're doing, and they figure it was a good investment in the vice president, since he got a lot of discretion over the islands, the tariffs, and he sold us out like crazy [describes the effect of the Biden Betrayal on US jobs, etc. and how much Joe Biden made]. They figured, that's over, but they had to have another hold on this weak man, so they came up with this deal and the idiot becomes a 10% partner. [Continues]
Listen to it all here. The first part is about polling, quite interesting, but the Rudy part starts around 37:00. And a note on RICO. RICO is where Rudy made his name, and especially organized crime. He likes to compare the Bidens to the Gambinos, and that works well for public consumption. But the mere fact of criminals sharing the take doesn't magically transform a case into a RICO. There's a lot more going on, but that's not Rudy's concern. Understand that and take it for what it's worth. The point is, it looks like it's all developing, and possibly in tandem with other things.