A US court has sentenced a former CIA agent to 19 years in prison for spying on China, the Justice Department said in a statement on Friday.
"(Jerry Chun Shing) Lee betrayed his own country out of greed and put his former colleagues at risk. The seriousness of his treachery and criminality is demonstrated by today's sentence," said the assistant director in charge of the FBI field office in Washington. , Timothy Slater, in the statement disclosed this Friday (22).
Lee pleaded guilty in May to conspiring to communicate, deliver and transmit US national defense information to China, the statement said.
“In just over a year, we sentenced three Americans for committing espionage crimes on behalf of the Chinese government. Now each has been sentenced to at least a decade, ”Deputy Homeland Security Attorney General John Demers said in the statement. All three were former members of the US intelligence community, Demers added.
Lee left the CIA in 2007 after 13 years of career and moved to Hong Kong. Three years later, two Chinese intelligence officers approached Lee.
Lee later deposited nearly $ 17,468 in his personal bank account, the first of hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash deposits in Lee's account between May 2010 and December 2013, the statement said.
An August 2012 FBI search of a hotel room in the state of Hawaii, registered on behalf of Lee, uncovered a thumb drive with confidential documents, as well as Lee's handwritten notes that mainly related to his work as a CIA agent. before 2004.
The notes included information provided by CIA assets, real asset names, operational meeting locations, telephone numbers, and secret facility information, the statement said.
According to the document, the convicted agent would have firsthand knowledge of some of the CIA's most sensitive secrets.
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