US accuses Chinese spies of obstructing Huawei investigation

US accuses Chinese spies of obstructing Huawei investigation

InternationalOct 25 ’22 at 12:22 PMAuthor of the book: Jorn Lucas

Two Chinese spies have been charged in the United States with undermining the investigation into tech giant Huawei. Prosecutors say they tried to recruit a US official as a spy to disrupt the investigation. This officer was the only one who worked as a double agent for the FBI. “It’s like a script for a Hollywood movie.”

The two Chinese nationals allegedly tried to bribe the official with bitcoins, cash and jewelry. “But the FBI knows everything,” Postma says. Apart from these two men, 11 other Chinese nationals have also been charged in two espionage cases.

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“This is a blatant attempt by Chinese intelligence to protect a Chinese company and undermine the integrity of our justice system,” US Attorney General Merrick Garland told a news conference. “The Judiciary will not tolerate any attempt by a foreign power to undermine the rule of law on which our democracy is based.”

Incidentally, the name of the technology company was not mentioned, but it has now been clarified in several ways that it is indeed about Huawei. “Sources are reporting this to the US media as well, and looking at previous investigations into Huawei, it can’t be any other than this company,” Postma says.

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Many problems

The investigation also focuses on a case in New Jersey where Chinese men tried to recruit current and former US officials using a fake think tank. Also, in New York, Chinese citizens allegedly tried to force a naturalized American citizen to return to China. ‘Garland was very clear about that, we don’t want to see this kind of Chinese practice here.’

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epa10263548 US Attorney General Merrick B. Garland (C), Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco (CR) and FBI Director Christopher Wray (CL) speak to the media about national security cases regarding ‘malicious influence schemes’ from China. Department of Justice in Washington, DC, USA, October 24, 2022. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO (ANP / EPA)

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