DSP - This Former CIA Agent Gets 19 Years for Selling Secrets to China

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If you're going to work for the CIA and have some of the nation's most tightly held secrets, it's important to actually keep those secrets.

That's something that 55-year-old, Jerry Chun Shing Lee never learned.

In 2007, Lee left the CIA and moved to Hong Kong.

He was approached by Chinese intelligence officers three years after he arrived. They asked him for United States secrets in exchange for $100,000 and taking care of him "for life".

Lee created a document containing information on the location of officers and a covert operation. He transferred it to a thumb drive and handed it over to the Chinese intelligence.

The Justice Department released a statement containing:

"The search also revealed that Lee possessed a day planner and an address book that contained handwritten notes made by Lee that mostly related to his work as a CIA case officer prior to 2004. These notes included, among other things, intelligence provided by CIA assets, true names of assets, operational meeting locations and phone numbers, and information about covert facilities."

CNN reports that from May 2010 to December 2013 Lee put in "hundreds of thousands of dollars into his bank account".

US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, states:

"Americans entrusted with out government's most closely held secrets have a tremendous responsibility to safeguard that information."
"Instead of embracing that responsibility and honoring his commitment to not disclose national defense information, Lee sold out his country, conspired to become a spy for a foreign government and then repeatedly lied to investigators about his conduct."

Earlier this year, on May 1, Lee pleaded guilty to conspiracy to deliver national defense information to aid a foreign government.

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