Exposing Chinese (Immigrant) Spy Rings—Will New Defector Be The Gouzenko Of China?
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Earlier: Chinese Immigrant Ex-CIA Officer Sentenced For Selling Secrets To (Surprise!) The Chinese

Via Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, a journalist "covering China's influence in the United States and abroad" this story from Australia,

This reminds me of the Gouzenko case in Canada in 1945, when Igor Gouzenko, a Soviet cipher clerk, walked out of the Russian Embassy in Ottawa and told the Canadian Government about the level of Soviet spying in North America.

While the Gouzenko case was frequently said to be the "triggering incident" for the Cold War, obviously the Soviets had been fighting it since the 1930's. Gouzenko is when the West found out about it and started to fight back.

Here are some the things Ms. Allen-Ebrahimian tweeted.

  • "Mr Wang said he was part of an intelligence operation hidden within a Hong Kong-listed company, China Innovation Investment Limited (CIIL), which infiltrated Hong Kong’s universities and media with pro-CCP operatives who could be activated to counter the democracy movement."
  • "Wang said he had met the head of a deep-cover spy ring operating with impunity in Australia."
  • "Wang says that Chinese plans are underway to influence the 2020 presidential election - plans that partly motivated him to defect to Australia."
  • It's hard to overestimate the importance of the info just released by China's first ever spy defector. It confirms so many of our suspicions--Chinese intelligence infiltration of Hong Kong universities & student orgs, attempts to sway Taiwan's elections.

If that Tweet ever goes away, the link is Defecting Chinese spy offers information trove to Australian government, by Nick McKenzie, Paul Sakkal and Grace Tobin, The Melbourne Age, November 23, 2019.

The point here is that these networks, whether of espionage or influence, can only operate because of the existence of large communities of Chinese immigrants. Will authorities wake up to this threat...or are they even allowed to?

Earlier on Chinese espionage:

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