Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Looking for Mr. Hsu

Blogger Suitably Flip has physically tried to knock on Norman Hsu's door, possibly making him the first person to actually do so.

On the off-chance that Hsu was still stuffing clothes in a duffle bag, I took a subway ride down to SoHo this evening and headed toward 160 Wooster Street, the address listed most frequently on the campaign disclosures documenting Hsu's bountiful political contributions over the last few years.

The blinds were closed behind all 10 sets of windows at Hsu's third floor loft (pictured) and the lights didn't seem to be on. Still, having made the trek, I strolled up and hit the buzzer for Hsu's unit. After a couple of fruitless buzzings, I went into the lobby and exchanged pleasantries with the doorman behind the desk.

"I'm trying to get in touch with Norman Hsu in 3C," I said. "Do you know if he's available?"

Only mildly less pleasantly, he responded, "You're going to need to step outside now."

How much funnier can the story get? Wait. It gets worse. "The Hong Kong native had not surrendered his passport to the court, not because he hadn't been asked to, but because he couldn't seem to find it." The New York Times reports:

Mr. Brosnahan told reporters outside the courthouse in Redwood City that he had sent an assistant to Mr. Hsu’s apartment in New York on Tuesday to retrieve Mr. Hsu’s passport, but it could not be found.

It's not quite clear from the NYT quote what couldn't be found. Mr. Hsu's passport, his apartment or New York City. Maybe all three were missing, as is Mr. Hsu.


Blogger Flip said...

Great post, Wretchard. And thanks for the link!

FYI, the NYT article that you and I both linked has changed - earlier today, the passage about the missing passport read: "On Monday, Mr. Hsu was required to turn his passport over to the court, but he told court officials that he had not been able to find it then. Mr. Brosnahan said they were hoping Mr. Hsu would bring it to court with him today."

9/05/2007 06:47:00 PM  
Blogger Red River said...

Hmm. Maybe some astute blogger can look around in his or her databases to see where Mr Hsu has gone?

Some places to look:

Cell Records.
Port of Entry.
Airline Reservations.

My money is on the cell records.

In fact, I would love to do a network analysis on Hsu's phone calls.

9/05/2007 06:52:00 PM  
Blogger Fat Man said...

I assume his spymaster in the Chinese Intelligence Agency deinserted him.

The more important issue is whether anyone in law enforcement or the media in the US will follow up and see where the tracks lead.

Bueller?... Bueller?... Bueller?

9/05/2007 07:44:00 PM  
Blogger Ardsgaine said...

By now he's probably in the next hole over from Jimmy Hoffa. You know Hillary doesn't want him here, and she would want him to go home even less.

9/05/2007 08:52:00 PM  
Blogger F said...

I disagree, Ardsgaine -- he's back in China being toasted by the head of intelligence for an outstanding job. Sure, he was burned, but not before recruiting two high value targets, and even after he was burned they both continue doing what they're doing without being picked up and interrogated by the FBI. How much more could you ask from a case officer? Penkovsky, Philbrick, Fuchs -- they're kiddie stuff compared to this, and they all lost value when they were outed. Not the Clintons. F

9/05/2007 10:06:00 PM  
Blogger Egen said...

I think this blog and posters are ones of the only ones pointing out China's possible direct involvement in this unbelievable issue. I've been checking around.

9/05/2007 11:34:00 PM  
Blogger Sparks fly said...

This is something right out of a 1930's vintage black and white movie. But, this is the real thing. As with the news of Napoleon's defeat it turns out the ultra big bankers are the ones behind these guys. They flaunt the law and war and every social and political convention known to man. Only money and lots of it can work that magic.

So what are those guys up to? They usually do not murder their own but instead celebrate them and pay them and protect them. Money, that's what they are about. Money and what it can buy.

Drug dealers can't go into court but these guys own the courts. That's Brer Rabit in the briar patch. He can't find his passport and they let him walk out the door. Right! Remember, he's a fugitive---for fifteen years! In the spotlight. The guy who convicted him is surprisingly disinterested in anything more to do with him.

He may dissapear but will almost certainly live out his life in comfort.

It makes me feel bad for America. Uncle sucker.

Thankfully there is a God and in Him I put my trust and abide there.

9/06/2007 12:31:00 AM  
Blogger wretchard said...

What bothers me is why Hsu didn't make a run for it when the story first broke. Why did he hire a publicist and Brosnahan if all he was going to do is skip bail after he posted it? Hsu could have saved himself and his employer a bundle by remaining a fugitive. The moment of greatest danger to this whole operation must have been those few minutes he was in court. If some for some reason he didn't make bail there would have been problems not so easily solved.

The events suggest that for at 48 hour period Hsu's handlers were waiting for instructions. In the meantime they were going to play innocent while someone calculated the odds that Hsu could beat the rap. The announcement that Hsu would face a DOJ probe may have convinced his handlers the time had come to cut and run. But that decision was made slightly after Hsu made bail.

My guess is that a frenzied cleanup job is now under way to remove any remaining clues as to who Norman Hsu was. We already know he wasn't Hillary's employee. The money went the other way. Ironically we may already know everything there is to know about Hsu; who he works for; who he is instructed to pay. But whether this information can make across the walls to the justice system is something else.

This story is dead, as may be Norman Hsu, unless it comes back in some other form: as a leak of classified documents or a defector going the other way. But then any defector heading for the US would have to ask himself, especially if Hillary becomes President, whether he is jumping from the wok into the fire.

In a way Hsu's flight is slightly encouraging. His handlers were unsure they could put in the fix; make the DOJ investigation go where they want. Despite the loss of Gonzales. Despite everything, where I don't have to spell out the meaning of everything.

So I'm guessing the ball is still in play, however weak the odds are. Because even the amounts Hsu was dishing out are peanuts compared to the stakes. There are other conduits out there. Somewhere the midnight oil is burning in the most respectable of addresses. Except the subject matter is all about the worst of crimes; all about the most shameful of betrayals and how to cover it up.

9/06/2007 02:24:00 AM  
Blogger MacPhisto said...

It's nice to know I'm not the only person who suspects a connection between Hsu and the Chinese government (or its intelligence apparatus). Nobody in the MSM seems to be asking this question.

The Clintons have long been important to the Chinese, and I've wondered for many years whether there was an unofficial intermediary. Maybe Hsu was that person. He certainly seemed to have a talent for coming up with vast sums of money that would likely be impossible for him to personally account for.

The way I see it, the Chinese have a vested interest in the next president of the United States being:

- Soft on defense (because of Taiwan and Japan, and the irksome projection of American power in general)

- Soft on Iran (China being the country's major trade partner, and also because of China's interest in and need for Iran's oil reserves)

- Big on socialism (American discontent works to our enemy's advantage, and Democrats are experts at sowing it; what's more, the money to finance Hillarycare and every social project on the Dem agenda would likely be borrowed from China, thereby furthering our financial enslavement)

- Opposed to war for oil (I can assure you that the Chinese are not the same sort of conscientious objectors)

Hillary is and will be all of these things, just like her husband. Except worse. And it works to China's advantage.

It's amazing I can sleep at night when I consider the possibility that Hillary Clinton is on China's payroll.

P.S. Your blog comments don't support unordered list and list item HTML tags. Any way to fix that?

9/06/2007 08:59:00 AM  
Blogger bill said...

check out
his contributions read like a who's who of what i call the dem mafia. kerry, kennedy, boxer, feinstein, obama, etc. no blue dogs here. also some "charities." you know, the ones like emily's list who the dems give the dirty money to when caught and they want to keep it in their system. this is far more organized than most people realize. right down to the crooked DA in california who let a fleeing felon bailjumper out on bail.

9/06/2007 09:00:00 AM  
Blogger NahnCee said...

China ...

-- Hsu
-- hacked Pentagon computer(s)
-- massive recalls on various products across the world with corresponding loss of face and a suicide of an overlord in China who's supposed to see to these things
-- upcoming host of Olympics and security concerns

One doesn't speak to the others, probably, but I'm thinking that China is not coming across as having its act together.

While it's obvious that the Chinese government was behind Mr. Hsu's activities, my question remains: "What was his goal?" What was he trying to accomplish. As far as I can see, he got absolutely nothing for his efforts, unless he managed to buy a security key to the Pentagon's computers.

9/06/2007 11:46:00 AM  
Blogger Red River said...

It may be more mundane than a Chicom Op.

Hsu was a con artist from the get go and lived off skimmings as he found them.

Not that such people are not perfect ratline operators.

If there is one rat, there is bound to be another!!!

The two places to start would be checking all the donors and their addresses as well as doing network/time/locator analysis on phone records.

9/06/2007 12:47:00 PM  
Blogger RWE said...

Latest word is that they have found ANOTHER address, this time in Pennsylvania,whose occupants made political contributions on the same day that Hsu did - just like in California.

How many of these dead drops do you suppose Hsu was operating?

Could be that Mr. Hsu now has a problem with some of that Chinese lead poisoning that is going around.

9/06/2007 03:20:00 PM  
Blogger Richard's Secret said...

The man is dead, I predict.

9/06/2007 05:50:00 PM  

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