China arrests US spy after illicit CIA blackmail
Man sold secrets to US for several years.
Chinese officials say they have arrested a high-ranking official for passing secrets to the US. The suspect was a secretary to a Chinese vice-minister in the security ministry.
China and the US have a long and storied history of espionage against one another.
CIA operatives then blackmailed the secretary to pass along state secrets. The secretary continued passing information to the US for several years until Chinese authorities caught and arrested him earlier in the year. According to the reports, the US paid the man hundreds of thousands of dollars for those secrets.
Allegedly, the information relates to Chinese oversea spy operations. Reuters quoted an unnamed source as saying "The destruction has been massive."
US-China relations have frequently been tainted by allegations of spying. Both countries as dominant world powers have carried on robust espionage programs mainly focused on industrial espionage.
In this most recent case, both sides have tried to keep the matter confidential. Neither China nor the US stand to benefit from the public acknowledgement that each nation is spying on the other.
In 2011, an Indian-born engineer was convicted in Hawaii of selling US military secrets to China involving the B-2 stealth bomber. And in 2003, a US woman was arrested for spying on her lover who was a member of the FBI. She was allegedly recruited to pass secrets back to the Chinese. However, a judge later dismissed her charges.
So far, China's foreign ministry has remained quiet on the matter and US officials have not made any public acknowledgement of the arrest.
The Chinese secretary will probably face a lengthy prison term, or execution.staple.
© 2012, Distributed by NEWS CONSORTIUM.
- - -
Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
Keywords: CIA, China, spy, blackmail, secrets, espionage
Rate This Article
Leave a Comment
More Asia Pacific News
- Chinese hackers gained valuable information in Google breech years ago
- Savage and Deadly, Cyclone Mahasen batters Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, moves into India
- Indian families go to drastic measures to protect daughters from rape
- Organ Trafficking: Indian family says their young daughter was killed for organ harvesting
- NK's Kim Jong-Un appoints THIRD army chief in less than two years
- Astonishing miracle in the heinous Bangladesh building collapse: 'God is so merciful!'
- Children as young as five years old forced to work in India's coal mines
- China deals major financial blow to Kim Jong Un
- Five killed in sharp, violent volcanic eruption in the Philippines
- Fr. Paul Schenck: Finding Living Faith on Catechetical Sunday
- The Movie Yellow: Incest as 'Normal' and Cassavates's Slides Into the World of Woes
- The Chicago School Teachers Strike Reveals the Need For School Choice
- The Sexual Barbarians and the Dissolution of Culture
- The Happy Priest Challenges Us to Ask: Who is Jesus to Me?
- Michael Coren on Canadian Public Schools: Teachers, leave those kids alone
- We Cannot Ignore Our Consciences: Cardinal Dolan On Religious Liberty
- In the Face of Danger, Successor of Peter Travels to Lebanon as a Messenger of Peace
- Reflections on the Dignity and Vocation of Women: Who or What?