The Sunday Review
A former graduate student in Chicago sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday for spying for The Chinese Government by collecting information about engineers and scientists in The United States.
Ji Chaoqun. Chinese The nationals who attended to The US to Study electrical engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology in 2013, and later, enlisted in The US Army Reserves was taken into custody in 2018.
She was 31 years old convicted last September of acting illegally as an agent of China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS) and of making a material false statement to The US Army.
According to Ji from the Justice Department was given the responsibility of providing biographical data on people to an intelligence officer for Potential for recruitment Chinese spies. These individuals were included Chinese Nationals working as scientists and engineers in The USSome people worked for them. for American defense contractors.
Ji’s spying A part of an effort to Chinese intelligence to obtain access to Advanced satellite and aerospace technologies are being developed US According to the Justice Department, companies can be sued in A statement.
Ji joined the Army in 2016, one year after graduating. in The US Army Reserves Under a Program in If their talents are valued, which foreign nationals could be hired? “vital to the national interest.”
Please complete his application to Ji claimed that he has not been in touch with any foreign governments during the seven years prior to joining the program years. He also failed. to Describe his relationship with and contact information Chinese Officers of intelligence in A subsequent interview was conducted with a US Army officer according to to The Justice Department.
Ji was able to meet with an undercover agent several times in 2018 US law enforcement agent who was posing as a representative of China’s MSS. Ji stated that he was a law enforcement agent posing as a representative of China’s MSS. “Roosevelt-class” aircraft carriers. Ji said that Ji had his own aircraft carriers once he got it. US According to the Justice Department, citing evidence from trial, he was granted citizenship and security clearance via the Army Reserves Program. He would then seek a job with the CIA or FBI.
Ji was intended to Perform cybersecurity work in one of these agencies, so that he could have access to According to the Justice Department, databases can include those that contain scientific research. in This statement.
The statement stated that Ji worked at the direction Xu Yanjun who is a deputy director of the Jiangsu province branch of MMS.
Xu was a career Intelligence Officer. sentenced Last year to 20 years in prison for Planning to Profit from trade secrets of several companies US Aviation and aerospace companies. Xu also was the first to do so. Chinese Extradite spy to The US for trial, after being detained in Belgium in Following an FBI investigation, 2018.
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