Another CIA officer has been charged of aiding China to spy on the US government, leaking classified intelligence that damaged national security. The Free Beacon reports:
Former CIA operations officer Jerry Chun Shing Lee pleaded guilty on Wednesday to conspiracy to commit espionage for China in a case linked to the loss of numerous recruited CIA spies in China.
Lee, 54, a naturalized U.S. citizen living in Hong Kong, supplied documents and information to Chinese intelligence officers from April 26, 2010, to Jan. 15, 2018 when he was arrested, according to court papers in the case.
The former spy handler initially had pleaded not guilty. The plea deal avoids what was expected to be a lengthy trial that may have risked further exposing CIA secrets Lee supplied to China.
Lee faces a maximum sentence of life in prison for the charge. Sentencing in the case was set for Aug. 23.
How compromised is the CIA to foreign intelligence actors, especially Communist China? Should naturalized citizens from hostile countries be given access to highly classified information?