So a Chinese Spy Agent, New York City Police Officer Arrested by the FBI
Windowofworld.com – A New York City police officer who also served as a United States (US) reserve soldier was arrested by a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent on Monday. He was accused of acting as an illegal spy agent for the Chinese government.
Baimadajie Angwang, 33, was arrested Monday (9/21/2020) local time at his home on Long Island and is scheduled to appear in court in Brooklyn on the same day. The US Department of Justice confirmed the arrests when it announced the charges.
A criminal complaint filed in Brooklyn federal court accused Angwang of working as an agent for the People’s Republic of China (PRC). He was secretly watched by officers from the Chinese Consulate in New York.
“Angwang’s job is to find potential intelligence sources and identify potential threats to the PRC in the New York metropolitan area,” read the court documents, quoted by Al Jazeera, Tuesday (9/22/2020).
In his mission, he is also expected to provide Chinese Consulate officials with access to senior NYPD (New York Police Department) officials by invitation to official NYPD events, “the document continued.
“This is the definition of an insider threat – as expected, Angwang is operating on behalf of a foreign government; lying to get his permission, and using his position as an NYPD police officer to aid the Chinese government’s subversive and illegal efforts to recruit intelligence sources,” said William Sweeney, assistant. director in charge of the FBI’s New York field office, in a statement.
Prosecutors said Angwang, a Chinese-born citizen naturalized to be a US citizen, had acted as an agent of the Chinese state government since at least 2014. He was also accused of wire fraud and making false statements.
Angwang, court documents continued, was accused of reporting to Chinese Consulate officials about the activities of Chinese citizens in the New York City area and of assessing potential intelligence sources in the local Tibetan community.
According to the criminal complaint, Angwang told his “boss” within the Chinese government that he wanted to be promoted to the NYPD so he could help the People’s Republic of China and bring glory to China.
The identity of the lawyer representing Angwang is not yet known.
The US has long accused China of espionage. The arrests and indictments are the latest in a series of similar charges filed by the US Department of Justice. Others charged include a former CIA agent and a researcher.