In an unprecedented data leak that resonates globally, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) members are known to have infiltrated some of the world’s powerful and influential agencies, including the consulates of Western nations, security agencies, banks, automobile firms, research wings, universities, and even pharmaceutical companies manufacturing COVID-19 vaccines.
The leaked database not only discloses almost two million CCP members – along with their party position, birth date, national identity number and ethnicity – but also 79,000 of their workplaces, across industries and across the world.
The database which dates back to 2016 was reportedly leaked by a person who is critical of China, from a server housed in the British Consulate in Shanghai, the largest city in China and its financial hub.
While it was originally leaked on Telegram, the encrypted instant messaging app, it was shared with the international bipartisan group the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC) in September this year. IPAC consists of more than 150 legislators around the world who are concerned by the influence and activities of the Chinese government.