13 People Indicted After Allegedly Working with China to Advance Intelligence

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In response to the indictments, United States Attorney General Merrick Garland held a press conference to address the following: “This was an egregious attempt by [People’s Republic of China] intelligence officers to shield a PRC based company from accountability and to undermine the integrity of our judicial system.” At the conference, Deputy United States Attorney General Lisa Monaco discussed how this was a prime example of why Chinese Telecommunication Companies “shouldn’t be trusted to securely handle our sensitive personal data and communications.”

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In a similar case in New Jersey, information was unsealed on Monday regarding the indictment of three more intelligence officers working for the Chinese government who were charged for using the Ocean University in China to complete “Chinese intelligent missions”, the Department of Justice released. Additionally, these agents have allegedly been using their resources to solicit and recruit others in the United States to become Chinese agents, with the mission of obtaining United States intelligence information.