Or are they spending all their time and resources on Domestic Opponents?
This is very bad on a whole lot of levels.
By Will Racke, the Daily Caller
A former CIA case officer has been charged with conspiring to pass classified information to the Chinese government, including the identities of covert U.S. operatives and their human intelligence assets in China, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday.
Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 53, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Virginia on one count of conspiracy to gather or deliver national defense information to aid a foreign government, and two counts of unlawfully retaining documents related to the national defense.
Lee, who worked for the CIA from 1994 to 2007, is alleged to have worked with two Chinese intelligence officers to steal classified documents in exchange for a series of cash payments. He also prepared handwritten notes containing the true names and phone numbers of intelligence assets and CIA employees in China, along with operational notes from asset meetings and the locations of covert facilities, according to the indictment.
Aside from the obvious “we lost a whole network in the PRC” aspect, the apparently lackadaisical approach to this Counter Intelligence operation is shocking. Lee left the CIA eleven years ago, and became the chief suspect in the investigation into the compromise of the network in the PRC in 2011. In 2012 a (presumably FISA Title 1) warrant for searches of his hotel rooms in Virginia and Hawaii yielded a notebook and address book with personally identifying information for U. S. Agents and controllers in the PRC, yet he was not arrested until January of this year.
One can hope that he was being run as a double agent over the intervening years, but recent revelations about the FBI’s CI operations do not fill me with confidence in their investigations.