The Justice Department will not extradite a Chinese dissident wanted by Beijing who has exposed high-level Communist Party corruption, according to a senior Justice Department official.

Guo Wengui, a billionaire businessman who until two years ago had close ties to the Chinese intelligence community and access to its secrets, is being sought by China on questionable criminal charges.

Since earlier this year, China’s government has engaged in a wide-ranging influence operation, including the use of cyber attacks on American institutions, in a bid to force the United States to repatriate Guo to China.

The effort has included the use of American business leaders with interests in China to lobby President Trump to return the dissident.

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