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Posted on 08/17/2020 4:36:19 PM PDT by Jyotishi
Former CIA operative arrested in Honolulu, charged with helping China spy on U.S. [Video]
HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) -- A Honolulu resident who spent years working for the Central Intelligence Agency and as a contractor for the Federal Bureau of Investigation was charged Monday with spying on the U,S, and selling state secrets to China.
Authorities say 67-year-old Alexander Yuk Ching Ma -- who moved to Honolulu from Hong Kong in 1968 and began his CIA career in 1982 -- had become a compromised asset of the Chinese Ministry of State Security by at least early 2001.
In a press conference Monday morning, the U.S. District Attorney for Hawaii, Kenji Price, said Mas illicit actions were a betrayal of the United States.
Those who feed classified information to the Peoples Republic of China will not escape the long arm of the law, Price said.
While working for the CIA, according to court documents unsealed Monday, Ma held top secret clearance while assigned, for at least part of the time, to the East Asia and Pacific regions.
The designation was important, prosecutors say, because it allowed Ma to become intimately familiar with matters relating to CIA training procedures, communications protocols and the details of clandestine tradecraft that the agency employs to avoid detection by other government intelligence services.
He resigned from the CIA in 1989, court documents showed.
In March 2001, Ma is alleged to have conducted a series of at least five meetings with Chinese intelligence officials in Hong Kong -- meetings which, according to court documents, were recorded and later reviewed by the FBI.
During those meetings, Ma is believed to have voluntarily and knowingly conveyed to Chinese intelligence agents a variety of material information about CIA protocols, including information about human assets and CIA officer identities.
Recordings of the March 2001 meetings that were obtained by the FBI show Chinese officials paying Ma and another co-conspirator $50,000 in U.S. currency.
The co-conspirator, who is not identified in the court documents, is currently suffering from an advanced and debilitating cognitive disease and is not sought for arrest at this time because of those medical issues.
Mas alleged espionage continued after he was hired as a Chinese linguist contractor for the FBI in 2004, court documents claim.
Among other crimes during his tenure with the FBI, Ma is accused of using an FBI computer to burn documents about a guided missile system onto a CD and using a digital camera to photograph classified documents.
Early last year, the FBI conducted an operation against Ma in which an undercover agent posed as a Chinese intelligence agent during a meeting at Mas Honolulu business office.
The undercover agent possessed video of the March 2001 meeting in Hong Kong, which helped convince Ma of his supposed identity. The agent told Ma that he had been tasked by the Chinese government to investigate how Ma had been treated, including the amount he had been compensated, by certain MSS officers.'
Satisfied with the undercover agents presumed identity, Ma accepted $2,000 in cash as an acknowledgement of his work on behalf of China, according to court documents.
During at least one meeting, Ma is alleged to have told the undercover agent that he was willing to continue to help the Chinese government -- During the FBIs investigation of Ma, he is alleged to have told an undercover agent that he wanted the motherland to succeed.
Court documents unsealed in espionage case against Hawaii resident by HNN on Scribd:
Firing squad or hanging from a rope??? Anything less is a travesty of justice.
99% of them are good, hardworking patriotic Americans......... so sayeth Hannitus Interruptus.
Book em, Dano.
Did they get Wo Fat or did he give em the slip?
He escaped the long arm of the law—until after 19 years of betrayal.
A Chinese, what a shock. /s
Diversity is the Holy Grail of the intelligence agencies, and this is what you get.
Because in this day and age, diversity trumps integrity.
He needs Snowden’s PR firm.
2001. Ya, these guys are on top of things. Did he send Christmas cards to Diane Feinswine?
Here's a question:
How many current CIA employees are worried that if the Orange Man Bad gets reelected they will face a traitor's noose?
What would they be the willing to do to avoid hanging?
Ok, so that’s two questions.
And invite Hillary Clinton to come and watch.
“Mas alleged espionage continued after he was hired as a Chinese linguist contractor for the FBI in 2004, court documents claim.”
Confucius say “Cunning linguist work in Hong Kong, job goes sideways”.
The USSS plays a leading role in facilitating relationships between other law enforcement entities, the private sector, and academia. The Service maintains the Electronic Crimes Task Forces, which focus on identifying and locating international cyber criminals connected to cyber intrusions, bank fraud, data breaches, and other computer-related crimes. Additionally, the Secret Service runs the National Computer Forensics Institute (NCFI), which provides law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges with cyber training and information to combat cybercrime.
New Secret Service records show Hunter Bidens significant overseas travels during the first part of the Obama-Biden administration.
Judicial Watch investigators uncovered records from the U.S. Secret Service showing that, for the first five and a half years of the Obama administration, Hunter Biden traveled extensively with a Secret Service protective detail. During the time period of the records, the son of then-Vice President Joe Biden took 411 separate domestic and international flights, including to 29 different foreign countries. He visited China five times.
Our February 7, 2020, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request sought:
Records reflecting the dates and locations of travel, international and domestic, for Hunter Biden while he received a U.S. Secret Service protective detail; please note whether his travel was on Air Force One or Two, or other government aircraft, as applicable and whether additional family members were present for each trip; time frame is 2001 to present.
The Secret Service did not indicate, as was requested, whether Bidens travel was on Air Force One, Air Force Two or other government aircraft, or whether additional family members were present.
The records show that countries and territories visited by Hunter Biden, between June 2009 and May 2014, included:
Ethiopia and India on June 14-22, 2009
Argentina on September 14-17, 2009
France and Spain on November 9-13, 2009
Canada on February 12-15, 2010
Dominican Republic on February 18-22, 2010
Puerto Rico on March 20-27, 2010
China on April 6-9, 2010
Belgium, Spain, and the United Kingdom on May 5-8, 2010
UK, Egypt, Kenya, South Africa, Ascension Island, U.S. Virgin Islands on June 6-13, 2010
Denmark and South Africa on August 9-24, 2010
Hong Kong, Taiwan and China on April 16-22, 2011
Mexico on May 15-17, 2011
Colombia, France, United Arab Emirates and France again on November 1-11, 2011
UK and Russia on February 15-18, 2012
Germany, France and UK on February 1-5, 2013
UK and Ireland on March 20-22, 2013
China on June 13-15, 2013
Switzerland and Italy on July 26-August 7, 2013
Japan, China, South Korea and the Philippines on December 2-9, 2013
China and Qatar on May 7-14, 2014
The records were also provided, but were not made public, to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson in a response to a request the senators sent to Secret Service Director James Murray on February, 2020.
In its cover letter to Grassley and Johnson, which was included in the records we received, the Secret Service said that the senators request was time and labor intensive, and they could only provide a limited amount of information by the senators imposed turnaround time of February 19.
Given the Burisma-Ukraine-China influence peddling scandals, Hunter Bidens extensive international travel during the Obama-Biden presidency, including at least 5 trips to China, will certainly raise additional questions.
According to reports, Vice President Joe Biden and Hunter Biden flew on Air Force Two for the official trip to Beijing in December 2013. The records we obtained show Hunter Biden arrived in Tokyo on December 2, 2013, and departed for Beijing two days later. While it is typical for the families of the president and vice president to travel with them, questions have been raised about whether Hunter Biden used the government trip to further his business interests.
NBC reporter Josh Lederman, who was one of four reporters on the December 2013 trip, noted in an October 2, 2019, report that, What wasnt known then was that as he accompanied his father to China, Hunter Biden was forming a Chinese private equity fund that associates said at the time was planning to raise big money, including from China.
His travel is only one of our inquiries.
During the last year and a half of the Obama administration, Hunter Biden served on the board of Ukrainian energy firm Burisma Holdings while his father was heading up Ukraine policy. We are seeking records through six lawsuits and dozens of FOIA requests related to Hunter Bidens dealings with the Ukrainian Burisma Holdings and the Chinese BHR Partners.
Kind of weird that the founders would make Chinese tourist babies eligible to be President....../s
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