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Feds charge former CIA agent who tried to sell classified information to China with espionage

May 9, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Feds charge former CIA agent who tried to sell classified information to China with espionage

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Federal prosecutors say a former CIA agent who attempted to provide the Chinese government with top-secret classified information was charged with espionage in Virginia Federal Court on Tuesday.

The U.S. Justice Department said 53-year-old Jerry Chun Shing Lee, who worked for the CIA from 1994 and 2007, was arrested in January at New York’s JFK Airport for illegally possessing top secret information.

Lee and his family reportedly moved to Hong Kong after leaving the spy agency.

Justice Department officials said that in 2010, Lee was approached by two Chinese intelligence agents, offering to pay him for disclosing classified information.

An FBI affidavit indicates that in 2012, federal agents covertly searched Lee’s hotel rooms during trips he made to Hawaii and Virginia, uncovering evidence he was in possession of “potentially sensitive classified information” which could have caused “grave damage to the National Security of the United States.”

According to Fox News, the intelligence reportedly revealed the identities and numbers of CIA employees and spies.

Additionally, officials said Lee made “unexplained cash deposits, and repeatedly lied to the U.S. government investigators when questioned about “his actions overseas” and trips he made to China.

If convicted, Lee faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

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