From a lengthy New York Times interview with George Santos:
“I’ll give you one, I’ll give you one story that nobody talks about,” he replied, before telling me how his 5-year-old niece disappeared from a playground in Queens, only to be located 40 minutes later on a surveillance camera with two Chinese men. He said the incident was the subject of an active police investigation, implying heavily that it might have been in retaliation for his vocal stance against the Chinese Communist Party.
“So you think it was China?” I asked, clarifying. “Look, I don’t want to go into like, conspiracy theory,” he said. “But you know, if the shoe fits, right?” A high-ranking police official confirmed that officers had been called and had looked into the incident. But they found no evidence of Chinese Communist Party involvement, or of any kidnapping at all. “We found nothing at all to suggest it’s true,” the official said. “I’d lean into, ‘he made it up.’”
Six weeks ago George Santos called me up out of the blue. Then he kept calling.
I wrote about our conversations — his frustrations, hopes & fears — and the cognitive dissonance of being confided in, and lied to at the same time. https://t.co/stlZOlXbVk
— Grace Ashford (@gr_ashford) October 22, 2023