Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

FBI warned Jared Kush­ner about Mur­doch’s ex­wife

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WASH­ING­TON: US coun­ter­in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials warned Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kush­ner in early 2017 that Chi­nese-Amer­i­can busi­ness­woman Wendi Deng Mur­doch might be us­ing their friend­ship to ben­e­fit Chi­nese gov­ern­ment in­ter­ests, The Wall Street Jour­nal re­ported on Mon­day.

Cit­ing uniden­ti­fied sources, the Jour­nal said US of­fi­cials were also con­cerned that the ex-wife of me­dia mag­nate Rupert Mur­doch -- who owns the news­pa­per -- was lob­by­ing to push a ma­jor Chi­nese-funded con­struc­tion project in Wash­ing­ton.

The bid con­cerns a $100 mil­lion Chi­nese gar­den at the Na­tional Ar­bore­tum, lo­cated just steps from Congress and near the White House. The Jour­nal said in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials con­sider it a na­tional se­cu­rity risk be­cause it fea­tures a 21-me­tre tower that could be used for sur­veil­lance.

Kush­ner re­ceived the warn­ings as part of reg­u­lar brief­ings he re­ceives due to his role as a se­nior ad­vi­sor to Trump.

 ?? AFP FILE ?? Wendi Deng Mur­doch
AFP FILE Wendi Deng Mur­doch

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