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Ex-CIA Officer Pleads Guilty to Efforts to Supply China With Classified Information

May 02 , 2019

A former CIA officer pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide classified information to China, as the Justice Department sharpens its efforts to combat what officials describe as a widening campaign by China to shake loose government secrets.

Jerry Chun Shing Lee, who worked as a case officer at the Central Intelligence Agency for more than a decade, admitted in court Wednesday that between 2010 and 2018 he had communicated with agents from China’s spy service and had prepared documents in response to requests from them.

The materials included information about locations to which the CIA would assign officers and a sketch of an out-of-use agency facility. Mr. Lee said he tore up the sketch and thought about giving the other document to the Chinese intelligence officers but never provided them with either, according to a statement of facts filed in connection with his plea. He also admitted he later misled U.S. investigators about those contacts.

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