President Joe Biden’s intelligence apparatus relies on the recruitment from a collaborator who used to work with a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) think–tank, the National Pulse revealed in a report issued this week.
The report disclosed that Thomas Zimmerman—a special assistant to Biden’s National Security Agency personnel—served as a visiting scholar at a CCP agency that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) described as a Chinese overseas spy recruitment group.
The National Pulse cited a series of links and reports to prove its revelation.
A White House’s 12-page budget report released on July 1 indicates that Zimmerman is Special Assistant to the President for National Security Agency Personnel with an annual salary of $110,000.
Zimmerman was appointed to the position on December 30, 2020, by then-President-elect Joe Biden, the National Pulse cited Homeland Security Today, which reported that he served in the Obama-Biden administration as Special Assistant to the National Security Advisor at the White House.
Before joining the transition, Zimmerman worked at the Pacific Council on International Policy and New York University’s Center on International Cooperation.
Recently, Zimmerman worked as a visiting scholar at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS), focusing on Afghanistan, Somalia, and Chinese regional policy.
The FBI has flagged SASS for its close ties to the CCP’s top spy agency: the Ministry of State Security. The bureau explicitly labels SASS a “front group for Chinese intelligence collection and overseas spy recruitment.”
SASS was a key player in a 2019 criminal case involving a retired Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operative selling classified U.S. defense documents to the CCP.
The FBI, as a result, has described the CCP as dependent upon SASS employees to serve “spotters and assessors” of potential Western spies. The bureau also described Chinese Ministry of State Security officers as keen on “influencing the foreign policy of other countries” and using SASS affiliation as cover identities.
The revelation came weeks after the G-7 countries during their recent pledged to take tougher measures against an increasingly aggressive Beijing.