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USA: Former CIA agent gets 19 years in jail over spying for China

0 23.11.2019 Инфо

W/S US Attorney for Eastern District of Virginia Zachary Terwilliger arriving at press conference, Alexandria, Virginia
SOT, Zachary Terwilliger, US Attorney for Eastern District of Virginia: "Just a moment ago, on the ninth floor of the Federal Courthouse next door, a former CIA case officer, one of those individuals, entrusted with protecting our nation and its secrets, was just sentenced to 19 years in prison. Jerry Chun Shing Lee joined Ames, Regan, Pitts and Mallory on the wall of infamous traitors prosecuted here in the Eastern District of Virginia. For arguably 840,000 dollars, Lee sold out the United States. He abused the trust that his superiors, the US government and frankly the people of the United States placed in him. What is worse, when confronted, he employed all of his training to repeatedly lie and obstruct only to eventually admit a minimum of key facts. Let's be clear and break this down in simple terms regarding precisely what Lee did. He knowingly cozied up to intelligence officials from the People's Republic of China. He accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars, our belief is from the Chinese, by selling out not only his country but conspiring to transmit secret national defence information. When apprehended, he lied, lied, lied, minimised and then lied some more. Lee was supposed to actually guard our country against espionage, not become complicit in it."
W/S Press conference *CUTAWAY*
SOT, David P. Burns, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General in Department of Justice's National Security Division: "These cases demonstrate the relentless effort that the Chinese government will undertake to recruit and exploit current and former members of America's intelligence community to gain access to our most sensitive secrets. This is a sophisticated, determined effort by the Chinese intelligence apparatus operating both abroad and in the United States."
*NO CUTAWAY AT SOURCE*
SOT, Alan E. Kohler Jr., Special Agent in Charge of Counterintelligence Division at Washington Field Office: "For several years, Lee's greed prevailed above honour and duty as a former trusted intelligence community professional that provided national, classified national defence information to people he knew to be intelligence officers with the Chinese government. By providing this information, Lee violated his oath to serve the United States as a government employee and instead put our nation at risk by giving to the foreign government what he knew would cause damage to the United States or harm the people he had sworn to protect."
W/S Press conference
SCRIPT
Jerry Chun Shing Lee, a former CIA officer, was sentenced to 19 years in prison for conspiring to spy for China, according to prosecutors who announced the verdict at a news conference in Alexandria, Virginia on Friday.
"He abused the trust that his superiors, the US government and frankly the people of the United States placed in him. What is worse, when confronted, he employed all of his training to repeatedly lie and obstruct only to eventually admit a minimum of key facts," said Zachary Terwilliger, US Attorney for Eastern District of Virginia.
Special Agent in Charge of the Counterintelligence Division at the Washington Field Office Alan E. Kohler Jr. said that Lee's actions "put our nation at risk by giving to the foreign government what he knew would cause damage to the United States or harm the people he had sworn to protect."
Top Justice Department official David P. Burns denounced what he described as a "sophisticated, determined effort" by Chinese intelligence officers "to gain access to our most sensitive secrets."
Prosecutors said that Lee, who had left the CIA in 2007, was offered some $840,000 (€762,160) from Chinese intelligence officers to deliver information on US national defence. In May, Lee pleaded guilty.