This may be the wildest story of 2018, and it's only on January 16.
Chinese-American entrepreneur Wendi Deng Murdoch, who was married to media mogul Rupert Murdoch for 14 years before separating in 2013, may or may not be a Chinese spy, according to a Wall Street Journal report published this week.
The White House principal advisor and Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, were reportedly warned earlier this year that the woman he and his wife, Ivanka Trump, had over the years, might be using their friendship to "favor the interests of the Chinese government," the Journal reported, citing unnamed sources.
More specifically, officials were concerned that Wendi Deng Murdoch would take advantage of his friendship with the Kushners to lobby for a now defunct $ 100 million garden project at the National Arboretum in Washington, DC That project, incidentally, It was going to be financed by China.
The arboretum project, which called for the construction of a 70-foot tower, was blocked after officials considered it a surveillance threat.
Now, to be fair, the kind of warning that according to reports received by the Kushners is not unusual. In fact, the Journal said it was part of a "routine senior staff safety session." Intelligence officers regularly inform the White House and congressional officials about possible conflicts of interest posed by relationships with governments or foreign agents.
A Murdoch spokesman dismissed the history of the Journal directly, saying in a statement that his client "is not aware of any FBI concerns or other intelligence agency concerns related to their associations." The spokesman also said he was not aware of the projects funded by the Chinese government that involved the National Arboretum.
Exactly what a spy would say!
Meanwhile, the Kushners said through a spokesperson that friends of Rupert and Wendi Murdoch for a decade before coming to Washington and their relationship is not political or about China. "
But here's a interesting story (that is, too funny to be true): New York journalist Michael Wolff suggested this week that Wendi Deng Murdoch is a Chinese communist spy from her former husband.
divorce, Murdoch has been telling anyone to hear that Wendi is a Chinese spy, and has been throughout the marriage. " Wolff wrote in a tweet .
I'll rule this out: Rupert Murdoch is the current CEO of News Corp., owner of the Wall Street Journal.
] Let's ask him aw What is most likely: that Wendi Deng Murdoch is a spy of the deeply rooted Manchurian Candidate style, or that this whole episode is derived from a stupid rumor initiated by a deposed ex-husband.
Honestly, we can not decide. The story of the spy is very far-fetched, but on the other hand there is Michael Wolff, whose word must be taken with all grains of salt.