Spy games are afoot as a man pleads guilty to spying for China.
54-year-old Jerry Chun Shing Lee is a naturalized US citizen from Hong Kong, a former CIA agent and a traitor who sold out his country for personal gain.
Lee pled guilty to conspiring to committ espionage on China’s behalf in exchange for promise of a life of wealth.
A report from the New York Post reads:
Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 54, admitted as part of a plea bargain struck Wednesday in federal court in Alexandria that he received regular “taskings” from his Chinese handlers in 2010 and 2011 after the meeting in which he was promised financial assistance.
But the statement of facts filed in court is silent as to whether he actually succeeded in delivering any intelligence to China.
Whether he delivered secrets to the Chinese “is a matter that will come out to some extent in sentencing,” said US District Judge T.S. Ellis III, who set sentencing for Aug. 23.
Prosecuting attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger said in statement, “Lee sold out his country, conspired to become a spy for a foreign government, and then repeatedly lied to investigators about his conduct.”
He could face life in prison but a potential plea deal could reduce the severity to 18 to 27 years.