Former C.I.A Officer Arrested For Aiding China

On Tuesday, January 16th the Justice Department arrested a former C.I.A. officer who was suspected of aiding in identifying the agency’s informants to the Chinese government.

Why should you care?

  • Many of the informants were killed in a systematic dismantling of the C.I.A.’s spy network in the Communist nation
  • Fox News reported that 18 to 20 key C.I.A. sources in China were killed
  • They were operating covertly in China beginning in 2010
  • It was considered one of the worst intelligence failures in recent years, according to several intelligence officials
  • This was revolving around an intense FBI investigation that began in 2012 after the C.I.A. began losing its informants in China
  • The former agent arrested was Jerry Chun Shing Lee, who is 53 years old
  • According to the N.Y. Times, Lee was at the center of a mole hunt
  • He was apprehended at Kennedy International Airport on unlawful retention of national defense information
  • Lee left the C.I.A. in 2007
  • He was living in Hong Kong
  • Lee returned to the United States with his family in 2012
  • B.I. agents investigated him, searched his luggage during a pair of hotel stays, and found two books with handwritten notes that contained classified information
  • He had written down details about meetings between C.I.A. informants and undercover agents, as well as their real names and phone numbers
  • Intelligence officials believed that he had betrayed the United States
  • Others thought the Chinese Government had hacked the C.I.A.’s covert communications used to talk to foreign sources of information

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