By Alan Jones and Mary Fanning| May 20, 2017 5:55 ET

(1776 Channel) CIA human informants were killed or imprisoned in China beginning around 2009, according to the New York Times. The damage to American intelligence was described as “crippling” and of historic proportions.

President Barack H. Obama appointed Leon Panetta as CIA Director in 2009.

Leon Panetta had extensive contact with CPUSA member Rep. Hugh De Lacy (WA-D). De Lacy had ties to both the Soviet Silvermaster spy ring and the Chinese communist party. De Lacy was invited to China on an all-expenses paid trip.

An investigation into the how the identities of CIA assets in China were leaked would be incomplete without further investigation into Director Panetta’s interactions with Hugh De Lacy.