May 9, 2018

Ex-CIA agent charged with spying for China

Dave Lawler, author of World

Jerry Chun Shing Lee working security at a Christie's show in Hong Kong after his retirement from the CIA. Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images

An ex-CIA agent has been charged with espionage for allegedly passing information to Chinese intelligence officials, per the NY Times.

Why it matters: This follows a years-long investigation, launched in 2012 amid suspicion that a mole had betrayed the identities of CIA informants who kept disappearing. Jerry Chun Shing Lee, the former agent, was arrested in January and charged with the far less serious charge of illegally retaining classified information, but these charges confirm he's suspected of spying for China.

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