Former CIA officer arrested on charges for possession of classified documents

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Vastavam web: A former CIA officer has been arrested on charges of unlawful retention of national defence information following an intensive investigation after a number of US informants were identified by China.Jerry Chun Shing Lee, aka Zhen Cheng Li, 53, was arrested on Monday night after arriving at John F Kennedy International Airport in New York, the Department of Justice said.According to court documents, in August 2012, Lee and his family left Hong Kong to return to the United States to live in northern Virginia

While travelling back to the United States, Lee and his family had hotel stays in Hawaii and Virginia.During his hotel stays, FBI agents conducted court- authorised searches of Lee’s room and luggage, and found that Lee was in unauthorised possession of materials relating to the national defence, the Department of Justice said.The New York Times said Lee helped China dismantle United States spying operations and identify informants.”The collapse of the spy network was one of the American government’s worst intelligence failures in recent years,” the daily said.Lee’s arrest capped an intense FBI inquiry that began around 2012, two years after the CIA began losing its informants in China, the daily said.The address book contained true names and phone numbers of assets and covert CIA employees, as well as the addresses of CIA facilities.”The CIA classification authority determined that the books contained classified information, up to and including secret information and, in at least one instance,” the federal complaint said.