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In the United States arrested a former employee of the CIA

A former CIA officer Zhen Chenli, a US citizen who was accused of “illegal possession of information relating to national defense,” was arrested at the airport in New York on Monday, reports Kommersant.

However, this is only the beginning - the list of accusations in the course of the investigation should become much more, informed sources told The New York Times (NYT).

The former operative is suspected of giving the names of American agents who worked in the PRC to Chinese intelligence.

“In the 2010-2012 years, the US intelligence networks in the PRC suffered extremely serious damage: during this period, about 20 agents were killed or went missing. One of them was shot in the courtyard of a state institution right in front of his colleagues - presumably as a warning to the others, ”the NYT writes.

Zhen Chenli was recruited by the CIA in 1994 and left office in 2007. After that, he went to Hong Kong, where he worked in one of the “famous auction houses”.

“In 2012, Chenli and his family decided to move to live in the United States, in Virginia. During the flight, his personal belongings were secretly inspected twice. The CIA officers found in them two notebooks with the names and addresses of US operatives in China, as well as other secret information, ”the material says.

He lived in Virginia until June 2013, met regularly with former CIA colleagues and was questioned several times by the FBI. During these contacts, he has never hinted that he has records at his disposal containing completely secret information.

For some reason, in the middle of 2013, Zhen was allowed to leave the country and return to Hong Kong, where he stayed until January of 2018. Then he, knowing full well about his interest in the FBI, for some reason decided to visit the United States again, where he was immediately arrested.

According to Vasily Kashin, a leading researcher at the RAS Institute of Far Eastern Studies, in 2013, the suspect could be released if he “had the intention to monitor him with various electronic means and try to find out the identities of those with whom he is in contact.”

If Zhen Chenli turns out to be someone suspected of him, his arrest will mark the beginning of a major espionage scandal between the United States and China, as well as to cool relations between the two countries.

Under normal conditions, it would not lead to any cooling. If we are not talking about the attempt of a foreign power to provoke political changes, intelligence activities are perceived calmly enough. However, in the case of additional political stimulation, the situation can be inflated to a scandal,
noticed Kashin.

US President Donald Trump is unlikely to miss this opportunity: despite the mutual visits that have already taken place, the White House continues to harshly criticize the PRC for its "trade war against the US" and support for North Korea, the newspaper concludes.
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  1. Herculesic
    Herculesic 18 January 2018 15: 17
    Carry lists of agents in suitcases! recourse Someone who wants to make someone a scapegoat! fool America needs a new scandal, where the main roles are assigned to the Chinese!
    1. hotrod
      hotrod 18 January 2018 15: 21
      It seems that it was just a notebook so that colleagues could be invited to a glass of rice vodka on their birthday ..
    2. Going
      Going 18 January 2018 15: 22
      Or the author, he confused something, or the CIA considers everyone to be idiots.
      1. dog breeder
        dog breeder 18 January 2018 15: 56
        Even your employees!
  2. Vard
    Vard 18 January 2018 15: 20
    They found passports ... So everything is on the track ... It’s hard for them with imagination ...
  3. Rusland
    Rusland 18 January 2018 15: 31
    Yeah, it’s painfully indicative, probably some lure was lured.
  4. Masya masya
    Masya masya 18 January 2018 15: 41
    Zhen Chenli is a true American surname! God himself ordered him for the Motherland, for Xi Jinping!
  5. Naputeon bonaput
    Naputeon bonaput 18 January 2018 16: 12
    Fool! He would live in China, would write spy action films under brandy, and advise the film.
  6. ronnon
    ronnon 18 January 2018 16: 14
    “One of them was shot in the courtyard of a government agency right in front of his colleagues - presumably as a warning to others,” NYT writes.
    Hmmm ... and after all, it’s unlikely that whatever James Bond wants to go on a business trip to China recourse And who knows who there merges their agents.
  7. corporal
    corporal 18 January 2018 16: 30
    Each intelligence has its own Penkovsky. request Human nature, she is.
  8. Bossota
    Bossota 18 January 2018 18: 19
    Who seeks will always find
    Mount is a terrible mess.
    At mєnt є chuyka on the drug addict.
    І navіt yakshcho they have nothing dumb,
    We can see that chuyku pidkinuti.

    P. Volya
  9. Mavrikiy
    Mavrikiy 18 January 2018 18: 27
    From China go to the USA and:
    CIA officers found in them two notebooks with the names and addresses of US operatives in China, as well as other secret information, ”the material says.

    Such nonsense is still to seek and seek, and you will not find. Whose mentality is steeper than the Chinese (so confuse their game) or amers (stupid and brazen divorce)?
  10. APASUS
    APASUS 18 January 2018 19: 16
    In my opinion, everything is logical. The Americans are looking for a reason for accusations in the direction of China. It is necessary to connect some of the events, this will justify the failures and turn attention to the problems of relations. Everything goes according to standard patterns, like with hackers from Russia, only here are spies
    1. tank66
      tank66 18 January 2018 20: 34
      It’s clear that they’re looking for it, but the feeling that the Unified State Examination in the CIA has greatly reduced the point requirement.