UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A former CIA officer has been charged with conspiring to share highly classified information with the Chinese government, including the names and phone numbers of covert CIA employees and informants.
Jerry Chun Shing Lee, who worked for the CIA from 1994 to 2007, was indicted on May 8 and charged with unauthorized possession of classified material and conspiring to commit espionage.
The Justice Department alleges that in 2010, two Chinese intelligence officials offered to pay him for information.
FBI agents later discovered handwritten notes in his hotel room containing the true names and phone numbers of CIA recruits, assets and employees.
As early as 2010, several CIA contacts and informants in China were killed or imprisoned, and many inside the agency believe Lee played a role in their exposure.
He was arrested in January in New York. If convicted, he faces a maximum of life in prison.