Justice Department confirmed guilt pela by Jerry Chun Shing Lee
A former CIA officer has confessed to conspiring with China to spy on the United States after he was offered $100,000 to pass top-secret defense and intelligence data to Beijing.
Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 54, pleaded guilty to the charges after two Chinese intelligence officers approached him in 2010, according to
The Justice Department.
The two Chinese intelligence officers promised to take care of him “for life” in exchange for Lee’s services.
Shing Lee left the CIA in 2007 and moved to Hong Kong.
But between 2010 and 2013, he was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars into his bank account after he created thumb drives holding top secret information about the CIA.
The files also contained the location and time frame of a top-secret CIA operation, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Handwritten notes were found in his hotel room in Honolulu during a police search that detailed his work as a CIA officer before 2004.
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According to The Express: A statement from the Department said: “These notes included, among other things, intelligence provided by CIA assets, true names of assets, operational meeting locations and phone numbers, and information about covert facilities.”
Lee is the third case within a year in which former CIA agents had pleaded guilty of conspiring to pass defense secrets to China.
The news comes after FBI Director Christopher Wray warned that China posed the biggest threat to the US in terms of espionage.
Meanwhile, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson was yesterday sensationally sacked by Prime Minister Theresa May after being accused of leaking top secret information about Chinese firm Huawei as part of a shocking spy probe.
He was accused by Mrs. May of breaking his vow to keep Government secrets after making an 11-minute call to a journalist from the Daily Telegraph, who ran the story hours later.