Radio Free Asia (RFA) published an article explaining the reason why the U.S. closed China’s Consulate in Houston.
The article stated that the U.S. has known that the staff members at the consulate were conducting suspicious activities for a long time without taking any actions. But what made the US order the closure of the consulate?
The Second Department of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), which is the PLA’s intelligence unit, sent staff members from a large network company, with fake IDs, to China’s Consulate in Houston. Those technicians used a large video platform’s backend data to identify people who might participate in the Black Lives Matter (BLM) and ANTIFA’s protests and then created and sent them customized videos on how to organize riots and how to do promotions.
The purpose was to “weaponize” big data technology. It delivered relevant materials precisely to those people who were most likely to participate in the protests, while other people could not even find those videos.
Two Chinese working at the consulate revealed this “secret” to FBI after their defection.
RFA did not spell out the company names. A Tweet said the technicians were from Huawei and the video platform they used to identify candidates and push videos to was TikTok.