Meet the billionaire behind Steve Bannon's faux, conspiracy-spreading Chinese 'embassy'
At first glance, the post-modern structure situated on East 64th Street looks like nothing more than a residential building. However, according to The Daily Beast, there is more than what meets the eye.
Although it is technically a six-story, six-bedroom residential dwelling owned by Argentinian billionaire Eduardo Eurnekian, it has been converted into what is being described as the "New Federal State of China," announced by former Trump White House strategist Steve Bannon and "his flamboyant Chinese patron, fugitive businessman Guo Wengui." It has now been dubbed "The Himalaya Embassy."
When the publication managed to speak with a woman seen entering the building, she confirmed that she is an employee of The Rule of Law Society, one of many non-profit organizations launched by Guo and Bannon. She also noted that the many entities housed at the location were considered "all one organization."
The publication reports that part of the building was illegally converted as Bannon and Wengui ignored code and zoning requirements. Per The Daily Beast:
"Public records, court documents, and in-person observations reveal that Bannon and Guo have converted the building's residential floors, against code and zoning, into the offices for their network of right-wing media and nonprofits—which have recently gained attention for publishing bogus COVID-19 studies and promoting conspiracy theories about Hunter Biden."
For longtime neighbors of the building, Bannon's conversion of the building has been relatively troubling. The publication reports that residents in close proximity of the building have become alarmed by all of the noticeable changes including the obvious "earpiece-wearing guards" situated around the building.
Employees of businesses in close proximity of the building have also made noteworthy observations of what goes on. "I see cars pull up sometimes and see people escorted inside, and security parked outside," Sarah Graham, an employee of a nearby office, told the publication. "It's kind of weird."
Shortly after the publication reached out to the New York City Department of Buildings, an inspector was dispatched to the location. However, the inspector's report confirms they were denied entry. "At time of inspection, access to the embassy denied by unknown security person," the regulator's report reads.