Alleged Chinese Spy Arrested On US Soil

Alleged Chinese Spy Arrested On US Soil

( – On April 17, a New York federal court unsealed an indictment against Lu Jianwang and Chen Jinping. Prosecutors had charged the pair with running an undeclared overseas police station in lower Manhattan on behalf of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Ministry of Public Security (MPS). Authorities accused the defendants of working for the Chinese government to identify Chinese dissidents residing in the US, violating America’s sovereignty. One month later, federal authorities found another alleged perpetrator close by in Massachusetts.

On May 4, federal prosecutors indicted Brighton, Massachusetts, resident Litang Liang, charging him with one count of conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government and one count of doing so without notifying the attorney general. According to the legal filing, the defendant collected photographs and information about people and organizations in and around Boston and handed them over to the PRC from 2018 through at least 2022 — an essential “blacklist.” Authorities also believe he gave the Chinese government the names of potential PRC recruits.

The indictment accused Liang of working with a CCP committee, the United Front Work Department, that targets various organizations in order to further China’s agenda. Policy and advocacy coordinator for the Committee for Freedom in Hong Kong Foundation, Frances Hui, organized a pro-Hong Kong march in Boston in 2019. Federal prosecutors allege that Liang was there as a counter-protestor, secretly adding to his list of dissidents.

Hui called for people to pay attention, calling the alleged “spy activity” an example of “trans-national repression” by the Chinese government. Prosecutors believe specific information sent overseas included pictures of an activist destroying Chinese flags, organizing a Boston event with PRC officials in attendance, and photos from Hui’s march.

According to the Daily Wire, Liang faces up to 15 years behind bars if found guilty. These incidents raise the question of how many more spies may be working in the US and the countries they’re working for.

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