CIA officers are supposed to be loyal to the United States. They are supposed to look out for the best interests of the people that they are committed to protecting. For a CIA operative to defect and spy for another country is more than a let down of the people they protect. It is a betrayal beyond words. They have joined forces with the enemies of the United States and are guilty of treason of the highest order.
A federal judge did their job when they sent a former CIA officer to prison for 19 years. After the spy was caught he pleaded guilty of seeking to become a spy for China. He chose to turn his back on the country that has given him so much. Jerry Chuan Shing had lived in the United States before heading off to Hong Kong. At some point, he was approached by two Chinese officers that offered him a lot of money and other promises if he would be willing to spy for China.
His price to be bought was $100,000 and other promises. He was willing to sell out his friends and family for money. Over a few years, the money started appearing in his bank account. The CIA officers were so stupid that he failed to hide the financial end of the treasonous deal. Any real spy knows that the first thing they learn in spy school is to cover their tracks. Shing failed to cover his tracks, and he was caught within a few years.
Within three short years, Shing proved that spying on America does not pay. He may have had the money for a few short years, but he will spend his retirement years rotting in prison for his crimes against America. All he had to do is just keep his mouth shut and say no to the officers that approached him. Shing violated his nondisclosure agreement when he left the agency. Zachary Terwilliger who is the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia had stated: “Instead of embracing that responsibility and honoring his commitment to not disclose national defense information, Lee sold out his country, conspired to become a spy for a foreign government, and then repeatedly lied to investigators about his conduct.” Shing lied to federal investigators on top of his betrayal to his country.
The federal judge sent him a message and to others that would betray their homeland that crime does not pay. Shing gave countless secrets to China over the few years that were being used to harm America. China has for decades sought any advantage over the United States. The fact that they approached Shing shows that they were watching him and hoping that he would help them out. China is mad that the United States is winning the trade war. The tariffs are doing their doing job as it puts pressure on China. They want to return to the days when they were taking advantage of their lopsided trade deal. But President Trump put a stop to it all.
Shing was bad about keeping his secrets from being discovered by the FBI. They went through his hotel room and found his planner had notes written in the book. These notes are from his time as an officer. These are the secrets that he was selling to the Chinese. The notes that he would make would end up being put into the hands of the enemy. Shing has damaged the freedom and the safety that all Americans enjoy with his actions as a spy. The notes he passed along were sensitive in content. He passed along the names of CIA assets, meeting locations, phone numbers and the locations of other covert facilities.
Shing would have kept selling secrets to the enemy had not the CIA and the FBI been doing their job. Once again they have watched over the United States and kept everyone safe from enemies within the borders. This is the second time a person has been caught selling secrets to the enemy. The last one was Kevin Mallory, and he was convicted and sent to prison for 20 years for selling secrets to China.