A former CIA officer has been arrested and charged as part of an alleged espionage scandal investigators claim resulted in the collapse of the US spying network in China and the deaths or imprisonment of up to 20 agency informants.
Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 53, a naturalised US citizen, was arrested earlier this week after arriving at JFK International Airport in New York. Mr Lee, who currently lives in Hong Kong, appeared in court and was charged with illegally retaining classified records, including names and phone numbers of covert CIA assets.
Clever these Chinese.
“[Mr] Lee began working for the CIA as a case officer in 1994, maintained a Top Secret clearance and signed numerous non-disclosure agreements during his tenure at CIA,” according to a statement released by the US Department of Justice.
The arrest of Mr Lee, who has not offered a plea, is said to have marked the culmination for more than five years of intense counter-espionage operation launched by the FBI. That investigation was established in 2012, two years after the CIA started losing assets in China.
So, this guy, U.S. citizen who once was a member of the armed forces, is essentially a sleeper in the system and was responsible for getting our agents in a hostile theater killed.
We used to hang people for that.
According to reports, Mr. Lee left the country in 2013 after the FBI interviewed him. A CIA agent would know that the FBI was on to him whether or not the nation had been apprised of an ongoing effort to root out the double agents in the system. He came back chasing a fake job offer and the FBI was able to serve warrants for evidence. Now Mr. Lee is in jail.
If this is the sort of thing that’s in those sealed indictments, We the People can be patient while waiting for Santa to get to the rest of them.