The Justice Department on Monday announced charges against 13 Chinese nationals for crimes including attempting to steal US law enforcement secrets.

The charges also included two alleged spies who tried to obstruct US prosecution of Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies.

“As these cases demonstrate, the Chinese government has attempted to interfere with the rights and liberties of individuals in the United States and to undermine our judicial system that protects those rights. They have not succeeded,” Attorney General Merrick said. Garland said.

Two alleged Chinese spies tried to undermine the Huawei investigation by trying to bribe a US law enforcement agent to steal classified information about the case, prosecutors said.

Although the Justice Department did not identify Huawei as a telecom company, the details in the 29-page criminal complaint closely match the lawsuit filed against Huawei. In 2019, US prosecutors indicted Huawei, accusing it of violating US sanctions on Iran and conspiring to obstruct the investigation.

Gouchon He and Zheng Wang, two accused spies, are accused of recruiting law enforcement officials in 2017, believing they had acquired a Chinese asset. However, the official was working as a “double agent” under FBI supervision to help US prosecutors build a case against both defendants.

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They pressured the official to obtain information about witnesses and evidence in the case, including stealing files from the US attorney’s office in Brooklyn. According to the criminal complaint, they also wanted to know about possible new charges that could be filed against Huawei.

The accused detectives gave the official thousands of dollars and jewelry, prosecutors said.

In October 2021, according to the indictment, the undercover agent earned $41,000 just to pass along a one-page document marked “secret” that detailed a plan to arrest two Huawei principals living in China.

Prosecutors wrote that the two men sought the information “in an attempt to interfere with the prosecution and ongoing investigation” after allegations were made about the Chinese firm in 2019. According to the criminal complaint, communications between Chinese intelligence officers and the double agent continued until October 20, 2022.

In a February 2019 phone call with Double Agent, Mr. Wang “expressed an interest” in obtaining non-public information about a government investigation into the company. A few months later, the double agent asked one of the defendants what information he wanted about the investigation, according to court documents.

The two defendants allegedly responded that they wanted information about “trade negotiations, attitude, analysis, possible actions, offering goals … helpful,” and added that “China’s enterprise region Specific approval cases are also good for targeting.”

Both remain at large. Mr. was also charged with money laundering based on bribes paid to a double agent.

In another case, federal prosecutors in New Jersey charged four people, including three Chinese intelligence officers, a federal law enforcement officer and a state Homeland Security official with acting as agents of China. for unsuccessfully trying to recruit for

From 2008 to 2018, Wang Lin and the three defendants allegedly used their affiliation with a Chinese academic institution to identify and target potential U.S. spies. They tried to pressure the individual to stop planned protests against China in the United States and other “undercover activities,” according to prosecutors, according to court documents.

Another case has been filed against seven people who allegedly worked for Beijing to harass an American citizen for years and force him to return to China.

Mr Garland said two of the seven suspects were arrested last week, but the other five were still at large.

“Huawei is not a private company – Huawei is a key part of the Chinese Communist Party’s technological dictatorship,” Sen. Ben Sasse, Republican of Nebraska and a member of the Intelligence Committee, said in a statement. “The U.S. cannot ignore the CCP’s threat to human dignity around the world. We need the CCP to use front organizations and fake ‘private sector’ companies to bribe, compromise, and silence Americans. The strategy requires a lot of US intelligence and law enforcement attention.

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