Jerry Chun Shing Lee was arrested in New York. This former US spy could be linked to the destruction of the CIA network in China, revealed by the New York Times.
Who is Jerry Chun Shing Lee and is he a Chinese spy? A former CIA agent was arrested Monday in the United States for possession of top secret documents, including a list of agents, reports of meetings and addresses of covert facilities, said Tuesday the US Department of Justice.
Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 53, was arrested on arrival at J.F. Kennedy Airport in New York, for events dating back to 2012, the Department said in a statement. This former naturalized US soldier joined the CIA in 1994, where he was responsible for recruiting and managing agents for the US secret service. As such, he was posted in several countries in 1994, which the communiqué does not identify, until he left the CIA in 2007 to settle in Hong Kong.
In 2012, Jerry Chun Shing Lee and his family moved from Hong Kong to Virginia, a suburb of Washington. For some reason the statement does not say, the FBI searched the hotel room in Honolulu where the ex-agent had stopped, and discovered two notebooks full of information classified top secret that he was not supposed to detain because he should have returned them when he left the CIA.
“Specifically, agents found two small books containing handwritten notes that contained classified information, including but not limited to, true names and phone numbers of assets and covert CIA employees, operational notes from asset meetings, operational meeting locations and locations of covert facilities”, specifies the Department of Justice.
Jerry Chun Shing Lee has been charged with unlawful possession of national security information, a charge that carries 10 years in prison. The communique does not specify why it took so long to charge the ex-agent or whether he transmitted information to third countries. But the case comes as Chinese intelligence has apparently wiped out the CIA’s networks in China.
The New York Times reported last year that Chinese services had executed “at least a dozen” CIA agents between 2010 and late 2012, and imprisoned half a dozen others. The US intelligence agency had then sought the possible “mole” that could have betrayed the CIA, added the newspaper, evoking the possibility that it could be a former agent of the CIA who would live in Asia.