New York police officer arrested on charges of spying for China

New York police officer arrested on charges of spying for China
New York Police Officers (EFE)

The FBI has reported that Angwang has been communicating “frequently” with a member of the Chinese consulate whom it calls “chief” since June 2018.

Baimadajie Angwang, a New York Police officer, was arrested on Monday for allegedly carrying out espionage work for China.

According to the complaint, Angwang has acted “directed and controlled” by the Chinese Government Official at Chinese Consulates in New York to report on the activities of ethnic Tibetan citizens.

He is also accused of evaluating Tibetan intelligence sources and of using his position as a police officer to provide the Chinese authorities with access to higher-ranking officers. In addition, as reported by the sources, Anwang is also accused of fraud, making false statements and obstructing an official proceeding.

The 33-year-old detainee belongs to the Tibetan ethnic group but is a naturalized American. The complaint specifies that he refers to himself as an “asset” of China.

The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has reported that Angwang has been communicating “frequently” with a member of the Chinese consulate whom it calls “chief” since June 2018. In addition, from 2014 to 2017, he has been seen entering the premises of the Chinese consulate on several occasions.

“A criminal complaint was opened today in a Brooklyn federal court accusing Baimadajie Angwang, an officer of the New York City Police Department and a reservist with the United States Army, for acting as an illegal agent of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and for committing wire fraud,” the department said in a statement.

“This is the definition of internal threat”, FBI deputy manager William Sweeney Jr. said, adding that Angwang has worked “on behalf of a foreign government.”

“He has lied to earn rank and used his position as a New York Police officer to assist in the Chinese government’s subversive and illegal attempts to recruit intelligence sources,” he added.