A U.S. citizen and four Chinese intelligence officials have been charged with spying for Chinese dissidents, human rights leaders and pro-democracy activists living in the United States, the Justice Department said Wednesday.
The lawsuit alleges that Wang Shujun, of Queens, New York, used his position between Chinese expatriates and the dissident community to gather information from activists from the Chinese Ministry of State Security (MSS).
Wang, 73, was arrested March 16 and will be sentenced at a later date, the judiciary said. Four MSS officers, whose names the department named Feng He, Ji Ji, Ming Li and Keking Lu, are still at large, added. The indictment was acquitted in federal court in Brooklyn on Tuesday.
“Today’s complaint exposes and thwarts an operation by the PRC (People’s Republic of China) that threatens the safety and liberty of Chinese citizens living in the United States because of their pro-democracy beliefs and rhetoric.” Dr. Brian Peace of New York.
Wang’s representatives could not immediately be reached for comment.
The Chinese embassy in Washington DC said in a written statement to Reuters that “the so-called allegations made by the United States are pure fabrications.”
“We urge the United States to conduct a thorough and lawful investigation, to conduct the relevant cases properly and to protect the legal rights of the Chinese citizens involved.”
Wang has been providing information to MSS since at least 2011, the complaint alleges. MSS officials instructed Wang to target pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, supporters of Taiwan’s independence and Uighur and Tibetan activists, it said.
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