Ex-CIA Officer Sentenced To 19 Years For Conspiracy To Spy For China

Ex-CIA Officer Sentenced To 19 Years For Conspiracy To Spy For ChinaEx-CIA Officer Sentenced To 19 Years For Conspiracy To Spy For China

Ex-CIA Officer Sentenced To 19 Years For Conspiracy To Spy For China A former CIA officer was sentenced to nearly two decades in a federal prison Friday for conspiracy to spy for China. Jerry Chun Shing Lee, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Hawaii, was sentenced to 19 years for conspiracy to deliver national defense information to aid a foreign government. There's nothing in the indictment claiming Lee handed over sensitive information to Chinese authorities. Prosecutors say Lee's actions, like retaining national defense materials and interactions with foreign officials, are clear links to a conspiracy. In all, Lee received more than $840,000 from Chinese intelligence officers, according to court documents. In response to Lee's sentencing, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia G. Zachary Terwilliger said, "Lee sold out his country." "Instead of embracing that responsibility and honoring his commitment to not disclose national defense information, Lee sold out his country, conspired to become a spy for a foreign government, and then repeatedly lied to investigators about his conduct," Terwilliger said statement. As NPR reported, when Lee entered a guilty plea in May, he acknowledged in court, "I conspired to gather and send secret information to the PRC (People's Republic of China)." The Justice Department notes that Lee's case became the third espionage case linking a former U.S. intelligence officer to plead or be found guilty of conspiring with China in roughly a year. "Sadly, all three ...
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