Five people charged with spying on U.S. residents for Chinese secret police

U.S. law enforcement officials announced Wednesday that federal prosecutors have charged five people with stalking, harassing, and spying on U.S. residents on behalf of Chinese secret police.

The charges stem from three different complaints opened Wednesday by a federal court in Brooklyn, New York.

US Assistant Secretary of Justice Matthew Olsen, Center

Assistant Secretary of Justice Matthew Olsen has announced that US prosecutors have accused China’s agents of harassing Chinese American critics who are currently running for Congress. (Emily Elconin / Reuters)

Matthew Olsen, Assistant Secretary of State for National Security, said the case was an example of what the authoritarian government described as “a alarming rise in cross-border crackdowns.”Last month, Olsen announced that efforts to combat cross-border crackdowns would be the main focus of the national security sector. A new strategy to combat the threat of the nation-state. “Cross-border crackdowns are harming people in the United States and around the world and threatening the rule of law itself,” Olsen said in a press conference at Washington’s Justice Department headquarters.

Matthew Olsen

Olsen at the National Security Institute event last month at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia. (Jonathan Ernst / Reuters)

In one of the alleged plans, the defendant worked for the National Security Ministry, China’s private intelligence and secret police agencies, and colluded to thwart a veteran parliamentary campaign in Beijing in 1989 as a student. It has been with. Leader of the anti-democratization movement at Tiananmen Square.

In another case, three defendants spy on and disseminate negative information about the number of Chinese dissidents in support of democratization in New York City, California, Indiana, and other parts of the United States. He accuses him of acting on behalf of the Chinese government. The victim is a Chinese opposition artist living in Los Angeles, and prosecutors say the accused destroyed a sculpture depicting China’s President Xi Jinping as a coronavirus molecule.

The third case is the founder of the Democratization Promotion Group in Queens, New York, who, according to the prosecutor, secretly works for the Ministry of National Security and takes advantage of his position in New York City’s Chinese community. It is alleged to have collected information about prominent opponents. Activists and human rights leaders.

Chinese President Xi Jinping

President Xi Jinping of China. (Kevin Flyer / Getty Images)

“All of these victims were targeted for democratic views, because they chose to exercise freedom of speech here in the United States,” said Breon, a U.S. lawyer in the eastern part of New York. Peace said. Peace is “outrageously dangerous” in three unsealed cases on Wednesday to “silence, harass, distrust, and spy” U.S. dissidents by Chinese secret police. Clarify the length. “

according to Press release Three of the defendants issued by the Justice Department were arrested this week and were scheduled to appear before a federal judge in Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon, while the other two remain in large numbers.