Dr. Gal Luff, the Israeli whistleblower who vanished in Cyprus after saying the Biden administration wanted to “bury” him, “is alive and living as a fugitive in an undisclosed location,” according to Miranda Devine of the New York Post.
Former colonel in the Israeli Defense Force, Luft is an authority on energy policy and the founder and head of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS) in Washington, D.C.
When the Biden Department of Justice had him detained in Cyprus in February on various accusations, including international weapon trafficking, he was going to give Congress damaging information regarding the Biden family’s worldwide business dealings.
According to reports, Luft informed the FBI about the dubious economic partnership between the Biden family and the Chinese state-controlled energy corporation CEFC in 2019. However, Luft never received a response from the FBI or prosecutors again until he was detained in Cyprus.
While on bail and awaiting extradition to the US on seven charges, including “five charges relating to the Arms Export Control Act of conspiring to sell Chinese products to the United Arab Emirates, Kenya, and Libya, as well as a violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, and of making a false statement,” the whistleblower disappeared in April, according to the Post. Police allegedly discovered his abandoned automobile close to the airport.
In order to protect the Biden family, Luft claimed that he was being politically persecuted by Biden’s Department of Justice, forcing him to forego bail.
“The chances of me getting a fair trial in Washington are virtually zero,” he said in a call from an undisclosed foreign country. “I had to do what I had to do.”
He declined to explain how he escaped Cyprus because he didn’t “want to get people in trouble.”
“I was charged for a thought crime,” he said in reference to the gun-running allegations, which date from email correspondence five years ago. “I was asked by a bona fide arms dealer, an Israeli friend, to inquire with a company I knew if they had an item and what would be the price of an item. This is where the conspiracy ended. No follow-up, no money, no brokering activity.”
The extradition order’s date of November 1, 2022—seven days before the midterm elections—was odd, according to Luft, because Republicans were anticipated to take back control of the House and launch investigations into the Biden family’s activities in overseas influence peddling.
“When it was clear the Republicans are going to win the House or the Senate, all of a sudden comes [GOP Rep. James] Comer and [GOP Rep. Jim] Jordan and the game is changing. There will be questions and subpoenas and investigations [so] they [the administration] have to discredit me. I never thought of coming forward. Through 2020 I sat quiet like a fish,” he said. “I didn’t want to get caught up in this game, but when they arrested me, I had no choice but to blow it up.”
On Feb. 18, after he was detained at the Cyprus airport, Luft tweeted: “I’ve been arrested in Cyprus on a politically motivated extradition request by the U.S. … claiming I’m an arms dealer. It would be funny if it weren’t tragic. I’ve never been an arms dealer. DOJ is trying to bury me to protect Joe, Jim & Hunter Biden.” Additionally, the 56-year-old said he would “name names.”
I've been arrested in Cyprus on a politically motivated extradition request by the US.
The US, claiming I'm an arms dealer. It would be funny if it weren't tragic.
I've never been an arms dealer.
DOJ is trying to bury me to protect Joe,Jim&Hunter Biden.
Shall I name names?
— Gal Luft (@GalLuft) February 19, 2023
Between 2015 and 2018, when CEFC-China started its influence activities with the Biden family, Luft reportedly worked for CEFC-USA, the nonprofit arm of the Chinese energy company CEFC China, as an international energy and security specialist.
According to reports, he planned conferences in China, Hong Kong, and the US and formed strong personal bonds with a number of senior CEFC-USA executives, including Ye Jianming, the chairman of CEFC, and Patrick Ho, his deputy. According to reports, Jianming and Ho approached the Bidens in 2015, while Joe Biden was the vice president.
In March 2019, Luft met with four FBI officials and two DOJ prosecutors at the US Embassy in Brussels to provide information that Chinese state-controlled energy company CEFC had paid $100,000 a month to Hunter Biden and $65,000 to his uncle Jim, in exchange for their FBI connections and use of the Biden name to promote China’s Belt and Road Initiative around the world.
Luft, who had a business relationship with a nonprofit think tank associated with CEFC, also told the FBI that Hunter had an FBI mole named “One Eye” who had tipped off his CEFC business partners Patrick Ho and Ye Jianming that they were under investigation; he said CEFC officials and one other person had been named in a sealed indictment.
Ye believed “the FBI were following him when he took walks in Central Park,” says Luft.
Luft was worried he was on the indictment because Ho told him it named a “Jew.”
Soon after the tip-off from One Eye, Ye offered Hunter $1 million to be his “private counsel” and flew to China, leaving his wife, daughter, son, mother and nanny in his $50 million Central Park West penthouse.
He was detained in Shanghai three months later and disappeared.
Ho told Luft that Hunter and Jim Biden flew to Hong Kong in the fall of 2017 to meet him.
“They were behaving very suspiciously and changing phones,” says Luft. “Ye said send a million dollars and those guys will take care of you.”