Ex-CIA officer sentenced to 19 years in jail for conspiring to spy for China


(Information) – A former CIA case officer was sentenced by a federal choose in Virginia on Friday to serve 19 years in jail, after he pleaded responsible in Could to conspiring to grow to be a spy for China, federal prosecutors introduced.

Jerry Chuan Shing Lee, 55, left the CIA in 2007 and moved to Hong Kong. A couple of years later, in 2010, he was approached by two Chinese language intelligence officers who provided to pay him $100,000 and to deal with him “for all times” for info he had acquired as a CIA officer.

Tons of of 1000’s of had been subsequently paid into Lee’s private checking account between 2010 and 2013, in change for his providers.

“As a substitute of embracing that duty and honoring his dedication to not disclose nationwide protection info, Lee offered out his nation, conspired to grow to be a spy for a international authorities, after which repeatedly lied to investigators about his conduct,” Zachary Terwilliger, the U.S. Lawyer for the Jap District of Virginia, mentioned in a press release.

In accordance with the Justice Division, the FBI carried out a search of Lee’s resort room in Hawaii in August 2012 and found he had an deal with guide and day planner containing handwritten notes he had made throughout his time as a CIA case officer previous to 2004.

The notes included extremely delicate intelligence, such because the names of CIA belongings, operational assembly places, cellphone numbers and particulars on covert services.

He later lied to the FBI when he was confronted.

He pleaded responsible in Could with conspiring to ship nationwide safety protection info to assist a international authorities.

Lee is one among three former U.S. intelligence officers to obtain a prolonged jail sentence in latest months on prices referring to Chinese language espionage.

In Could, one other former CIA case officer, Kevin Mallory, was sentenced to 20 years in jail after being convicted on prices of conspiring to transmit U.S. protection secrets and techniques to China.

In September, a former U.S. Protection Intelligence Company officer, Ron Rockwell Hansen, was sentenced to 10 years for making an attempt to transmit categorised info to China and receiving tons of of 1000’s of whereas performing as an agent for Beijing.

Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch and Jan Wolfe; Modifying by David Gregorio and Alistair Bell