Five people assumed to be working for China’s secret police were arrested and charged by the Department of Justice for spying and harassing Chinese nationals in the U.S. for speaking out against the communist regime.
Feds Charge 5 Suspected Spies Accused of Targeting People in U.S. Who Have Criticized Chinese Government https://t.co/nqLc76JffP— People (@people) March 17, 2022
According to a DOJ press release Wednesday, Qiming Lin, 59, of China, Shujun Wang, 73, of Queens, New York, Fan “Frank” Liu, 62, of Long Island, New York, and two other defendants that remain at large were charged with various crimes relating to efforts by the Chinese secret police to spy on and harass Chinese nationals in the U.S. The agency alleged the defendants engaged in “transnational repression” schemes targeting U.S. residents whose “political views and actions” were not favored by the Chinese government.
“Transnational repression harms
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people in the United States and around the world and threatens the rule of law itself,” Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen of the Justice Department’s National Security Division revealed in the release. “This activity is antithetical to fundamental American values, and we will not tolerate it when it violates U.S. law. “The Department of Justice will defend the rights of Americans and those who come to live, work, and study in the United States. We will not allow any foreign government to impede their freedom of speech, to deny them the protection of our laws or to threaten their safety or the safety of their families.”
China has a massive global espionage campaign and institutions around the world have been co-opted.https://t.co/LgbXBZe6mY— Michael Ron Bowling (@mrbcyber) March 14, 2022
Some of the group’s actions included interfering with the candidacy of a U.S. veteran running for Congress who was a leader of the 1989 pro-democracy demonstrations in Beijing by trying to undermine his campaign. According to the release, the group is further accused of planning to destroy the artwork of a Los Angeles artist critical of the regime and planted spying equipment in his studio and car so he could be monitored from China by its government.
Just weeks ago, Joe Biden’s administration shut down a DOJ program to combat Chinese espionage.— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) March 13, 2022
Now, national security officials are warning that Chinese spies are a grave threat to the USA.
“As alleged, all of the defendants charged today at the direction of the PRC secret police, engaged in a series of actions designed to silence the free speech of Chinese dissidents in the United States,” stated Michael J. Driscoll, assistant director-in-charge of the FBI’s New York Field Office.
“Transnational repression schemes pose an increasing threat against U.S. residents who choose to speak out against the People’s Republic of China and other regimes. The FBI is committed to protecting the free speech of all U.S. residents, and we simply will not tolerate the attempts of foreign governments to violate our laws and restrict our freedom.”