China was able to turn a CIA agent, now he’s going to jail for the next 19 years
New York Daily News
Jerry Chun Shing Lee, a former CIA agent, was sentenced to 19 years in federal prison for conspiring to spy for China.
Lee, 55, left the CIA in 2007 and was recruited by Chinese agents in 2010. According to prosecutors, he sold US national defense information which allegedly allowed China to dismantle a network of informants — each of whom was either killed or jailed.
Lee is the third former CIA agent in less than a year to be sentenced for committing espionage for China.
Lee pleaded guilty in May in an unsuccessful attempt to get a lighter sentence.
Prosecutors alleged that Lee received hundreds of thousands of dollars and gave the Chinese agents every piece of information he had.
“Lee sold out his country, conspired to become a spy for a foreign government, and then repeatedly lied to investigators about his conduct,” U.S. Attorney Zachary Terwilliger said.
Between May 2010 and December 2013, large sums were deposited into Lee’s Hong Kong bank account after he was allegedly recruited.
He allegedly created documents containing CIA information, including where agents were posted.
FBI agents later found documents in Lee’s possession that contained information about CIA agents’ real identities, meeting locations and information about covert facilities.
During interviews with investigators, Lee first denied creating the documents and then later denied handing them over to Chinese handlers.
Lee is the latest high-profile case of an intelligence official going to prison for conducting business with China.
Former CIA spy Kevin Mallory was sentenced to 20 years in May after conspiring to transmit defense secrets to China. Former U.S. intelligence officer Ron Rockwell Hansen received a 10-year sentence in September.
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