Who is Franz Gayl, who wrote for Global Times, mouthpiece of the CCP?

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Major Franz Gayl: Why US will lose a war with China over Taiwan island – Global Times…

The author is a retired Marine Corps infantry officer who now serves as a US civil servant in the Pentagon.

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Franz Gayl isn’t just an American. He is a celebrated whistleblower — whose conduct was praised by then-Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) — and a retired Marine major working at the Pentagon.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/06/11/us-taiwan-china-relations-propaganda/

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Michael E. MillerJune 11, 2021 at 5:55 p.m. GMT+8309

The headline hardly stood out on the website of the hyper-nationalistic Chinese newspaper.

“Why US will lose a war with China over Taiwan island,” announced the April 27 op-ed in the Global Times, which also referred to Taiwan’s democratically elected leaders as “renegade secessionists” and called U.S. Congress interest “corrupt.”

What was unusual about the article was its author.

Franz Gayl isn’t just an American. He is a celebrated whistleblower — whose conduct was praised by then-Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) — and a retired Marine major working at the Pentagon.

“I knew it would get everybody’s attention,” Gayl told The Washington Post. “And man, did it.”

Some commenters accused him of treason for the piece, which comes at a time of elevated tensions between Washington and Beijing, after it was picked up by a conservative publication. But Gayl shrugged off the criticism.

He even penned another piece for the Global Times, which the Trump administration had designated a Chinese government entity, a month later.

Then the U.S. government launched a counterintelligence investigation, suspending the 64-year-old’s security clearances while it seeks to determine whether Gayl has been compromised.

The Marine Corps confirmed an “on-going investigation” regarding Gayl but would not provide details. Representatives of both the Marines and the Pentagon say Gayl’s op-eds were not submitted for required prepublication review and are not representative of U.S. policy.

After 18 years, Gayl faces an early exit from the civil service.

He has no regrets.

For more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/06/11/us-taiwan-china-relations-propaganda/

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