The Justice Department has filed charges against Gal Luft, a self-proclaimed “whistleblower” who has consistently accused the Bidens of engaging in corrupt activities. Luft, who holds dual citizenship in the United States and Israel, now faces multiple allegations, including arms trafficking, acting as a foreign agent for China, and violating Iran sanctions.
According to prosecutors, Luft is accused of making undisclosed payments to a former adviser of Donald Trump in 2016 on behalf of Chinese principals without registering as a foreign agent. He allegedly pressured this former government employee, whose identity remains undisclosed, to advocate for policies favorable to China.
Furthermore, the charges state that Luft arranged meetings between Iranian officials and a Chinese energy company to facilitate discussions regarding oil deals. These actions would be in direct violation of US sanctions imposed on Iran.
Prosecutors also assert that Luft conspired with others to engage in illicit arms transactions, acting as a middleman to connect potential buyers and sellers of prohibited weapons and materials. These activities would contravene the US Arms Control Act.
It is important to note that these are allegations made by the Justice Department and have not yet been proven in a court of law.
Gal Luft, the indicted think tank founder and self-proclaimed whistleblower, has been charged by the Justice Department with attempting to facilitate arms deals involving Chinese companies. Specifically, prosecutors allege that Luft sought to broker the sale of anti-tank weapons, grenade launchers, and mortar rounds to Libya. Additionally, he pushed for the United Arab Emirates to acquire bombs and rockets and for Kenya to purchase unmanned aerial vehicles capable of ground strikes.
Luft, aged 57, was arrested in Cyprus in February on US charges but fled after being released on bail while awaiting extradition, and he is currently not in US custody.
Damian Williams, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, emphasized that Luft was involved in multiple serious criminal schemes. According to Williams, Luft violated foreign agent registration laws by covertly promoting Chinese policies through a former high-ranking US government official. Luft also acted as a broker in deals involving prohibited weapons and Iranian oil while providing false information to law enforcement officials.
Christie Curtis, the Acting Assistant Director of the FBI’s New York Field Office, stated that Luft used various schemes to evade sanctions and laws designed to protect national security. The FBI remains committed to upholding laws that promote transparency in foreign influence within the United States.
Luft, however, denies the charges and accuses the Biden Administration of targeting him due to his role as an alleged whistleblower. He claims that he possesses evidence of corruption involving President Joe Biden and his family, which he intended to present before the GOP-controlled House Oversight Committee. Luft also alleges that he offered supporting evidence to the FBI in 2019, but it was disregarded.
In a video, Luft asserted that his arrest in Cyprus was an attempt to prevent him from exposing alleged payments made to the Biden family by individuals linked to Chinese intelligence. He further argued that he fled after jumping bail because he believed he would not receive a fair trial in New York.
Kyle Herrig, the executive director of the Congressional Integrity Project, criticized Luft’s case and accused MAGA Republicans of resorting to corruption in their pursuit of power. Herrig claimed that the allegations against President Biden were built on conspiracy theories and lacked evidence. The recent charges against Luft further undermined the credibility of those making unfounded accusations against the President.