Gal Luft claims he has proof of Hunter Biden profiting off his family name in deals with China.
Luft himself has been charged by the DOJ with false statements and being a foreign agent of China.
After months of secrecy surrounding the charges against Luft, the indictment has been unsealed.
A missing witness into the investigation of Hunter Biden’s business dealings who claims he has proof of the President’s son’s corrupt connections to the Chinese government has reappeared after he himself was accused of being a Chinese agent and fled custody.
Days after Gal Luft publicly dared the DOJ to unseal the indictment against him — alleging the charges he’s facing are a political attempt to cover up his claims of Hunter Biden’s corruption — officials did just that.
The US Attorney’s Office on Monday released the indictment against the US-Israeli dual citizen, who was arrested in Cyprus in February on charges of willfully failing to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (“FARA”), arms trafficking, Iranian sanctions violations, and making false statements to federal agents.
Luft and the US Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York, where the charges were filed, did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
The indictment against Luft
Prosecutors say while Luft was serving as the co-director of a strategic think tank, Analysis of Global Security, he agreed to “covertly recruit and pay” a former high-ranking government official and advisor to then-President Trump to publicly support policies that would benefit China without registering as an agent of a foreign entity.
Luft told the New York Post that the high-ranking official is the former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, James Woolsey, who also worked as a consultant for Luft’s think tank and was a senior advisor in Donald Trump’s White House.
Prosecutors allege Luft created a written “dialogue” between Woolsey and an associate at CEFC China Energy, a state-run energy company, which was then published in a Chinese newspaper online.
As Luft was writing, his associate at CEFC China Energy said of Woolsey “[i]n these articles, we do not want to spill all the beans yet, just enough to let ‘people’ know he is in the corridor of power to be. Just broad stroke policy consideration that leaves plenty of room for interpretation and imagination to be filled in later.”
In addition to the alleged actions to influence US policy in favor of China, prosecutors argue Luft “worked to broker a deal for Chinese companies to sell certain weapons to Libya, including anti-tank launchers, grenade launchers, and mortar rounds (which LUFT and his associates referred to in coded language as “toys”).”
“LUFT also worked to broker deals for certain weapons to be sold to the United Arab Emirates, including aerial bombs and rockets,” the indictment reads.
Luft faces up to 100 years in prison if convicted of the eight counts against him. He vehemently denied the charges to the NY Post, claiming the investigation is politically motivated to prevent him from coming forward to share what he claims is proof of Hunter Biden profiting off his father’s name in business deals with Chinese individuals who have ties to military intelligence.
Luft’s claims about the Biden family
Through his own connections with CEFC China Energy, Luft said he was able to confirm Hunter Biden’s dealings with the company, including meetings with officials and dollar amounts of deals that were completed.
In addition, Luft claimed Hunter Biden was friendly with an FBI agent — a mole called “One Eye” — who Luft says tipped off Hunter’s contacts at CEFC to alert them to investigations into their dealings with Biden’s son.
In an interview with the New York Post released last Wednesday, where he dared prosecutors to unseal the indictment saying it would “make (his) day,” Luft says the charges originate from a meeting he arranged with agents of the FBI in 2019, in Brussels, Belgium, where Luft says he shared information with intelligence agents about the Biden family’s connections with CEFC China Energy.
Prior to his father taking office, the now-President’s son made multi-million dollar deals with the company in 2017 to complete energy projects that never came to fruition, The Washington Post reported. Hunter is accused of leveraging Joe Biden’s name in the deals in what would be a conflict of interest, though it remains unconfirmed whether the elder Biden personally knew about the business dealings.
Emails between Hunter and his business partners make references to saving a percentage of the deal’s profits for “the big guy,” the NY Post reported, prompting investigations into what Joe Biden knew about the deals.
Christopher Clark, a lawyer for Hunter Biden, did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
On the run
After being arrested in February — while the indictment against him was still sealed from the public — Luft fled once released on bail.
His whereabouts are currently unknown.
“I volunteered to inform the US government about potential security breach, and about compromising information about a man vying to be the next president,” Luft told the NY Post. “I’m now being hunted by the very same people who I informed and may have to live on the run for the rest of my life.”
Luft added: “I warned the government about potential risks to the integrity of the 2020 elections … Just think about it, and ask yourself who’s a real criminal in this story?”
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