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- US unseals indictments of PRC intelligence officers.
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US unseals indictments of PRC intelligence officers.
The US Department of Justice yesterday afternoon held a press conference to announce the unsealing of three cases against thirteen Chinese nationals, including ten Chinese intelligence officers. The first involved charges against two Chinese intelligence officers who allegedly bribed a US citizen, an insider, to reveal sensitive and non-public information about the US prosecution of a Chinese telecommunications company. The Justice Department declined to name the Chinese company involved in the prosecution, but the Wall Street Journal reports that sources confirm that the company involved is Huawei. The second case involved the activities of a front Chinese academic organization, “a fake think tank,” that had allegedly been engaged in both theft of US intellectual property and in the suppression of Constitutionally protected free speech regarded as embarrassing to China. Four individuals were charged in that case. Finally, the third case, in which seven individuals were indicted, involved China’s Operation Fox Hunt, a long-running program of forcibly repatriating Chinese who have emigrated to other countries, and who are regarded as a threat to the reputation or security of the People’s Republic. Chinese agents are alleged to have hounded victims and their families with physical intimidation, frivolous lawsuits, threats, and other harassment, with Foreign Policy reporting that the seven promised to make the victim’s life an “endless misery,” saying that these would not stop until the victims returned to China. For more on the indictments, see CyberWire Pro.