Zhang had told the first round of security that she was there in the afternoon to use the pool. A second secret service agent later invited her in Chinese for a "UN Friendship Event". In an interview with the Secret Service's satellite office nearby, a third reason: she was sent by a friend of China, Charles, to attend the event and "attempt to talk to a family member of the president about Chinese and American foreign economic relations. "
Although Zhang was not charged with espionage – she pleaded not guilty to charges of illegally entering a confined building and making false statements – an air of intrigue has hung over the case for months.
said they found thousands of dollars in cash in her hotel room, along with a device designed to detect hidden cameras, and presented two files containing sensitive enough classified information that a federal judge prevented Zhang from seeing her alone. [1
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An American official confirmed after his arrest that the FBI was investigating the incident as a possible spy effort and employees in South Florida shortly after linking her case to a larger federal survey of Chinese businessmen in the area suspected of counterintelligence, said a person familiar with the situation.
However, prior to the start of the trial, no allegations emerged that Zhang was working for her government, and her appearances in court – embarrassed and bizarre as she recently appeared as her lawyer – appear to be more unhappy tourists than secret agents.
Gian's friends and family describe her before the Miami Herald as simply an opportunist seeking status that comes with access to the president and his family, and a defense lawyer who previously represented Gian told the court that she had gone to Mar-a-Lago that day to attend an event united by a Chinese businessman who promised access to influential Americans.
According to a list of exhibits entered in court on Friday, jurors will see a contract signed by Zhang with Beijing Friendship Enterprise for Peace Mgmt. Co, a company alleged to be affiliated with Charles Lee, a businessman and friend, whom she mentioned to authorities after she was first detained.
Prosecutors also retract from earlier allegations made about Zhang's potentially malicious intent. While initial court documents say Zhang committed a finger containing malicious software on her when she was arrested, an assistant US attorney said during a hearing in April that the result could actually be a "false positive" ".
Whether Zhang herself is a spy or not, marketing access to Mar-a-Lago and Lee's president and other Chinese businesswoman Cindy Yang has alarmed top Capitol Hill Democrats, who said Zhang's alleged invasion "raises very serious questions about security vulnerabilities in Mar-a-Lago."
The South Florida intelligence sample, first reported by the Herald, also includes an examination of Jan and the events in Mar-a-Lago. Lago, a person familiar with
Yan defended his efforts only as much as possible tions for networking and refused ties with the Chinese government.
While Zhang's process may shed more light on the events and ways Lee has sold access to t he chairman, it is unlikely to fit into broader counterintelligence allegations. No national security experts have been spotted, and there is no indication prosecutors will put into action the two classified Gan evidence they presented earlier this summer.
Instead, according to the exhibit list, it appears prosecutors will adhere strictly to their crime case, using surveillance photos and video, as well as testimony from Secret Service agents and witnesses who interacted with it to recreate Zhang's movements that day in March, highlighting little-seen aspects of the sprawling security apparatus that has surrounded the resort since Trump became president.