The mystery of who’s funding Steve Bannon’s work has been at least partly solved: Guo Media, a company linked to a controversial Chinese billionaire, has contracted Bannon for at least $1 million for “strategic consulting services,” according to contracts obtained by Axios.
The billionaire fugitive — a man named Guo Wengui, also known as Miles Kwok — is embroiled in the U.S.-China conflict. He’s a vocal critic of the Chinese Communist Party and is reportedly a member at Mar-a-Lago. He’s on China’s most-wanted list for alleged bribery, fraud and money laundering, per the New York Times (he strongly denies the allegations).
Guo has been living in New York while he awaits a decision on his U.S. asylum application. And the Chinese government has asked the Trump administration to extradite him.
Per the contracts we obtained, Bannon was paid $1 million to introduce Guo Media to “media personalities,” and advise the company on “industry standards.” Bannon has made China one of his top issues since leaving the White House in the summer of 2017. https://t.co/6b3fCGUy8X
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) October 29, 2019