US indicts five members of Chinese spy ring, handler remains at large

Chinese Ministry of State SecurityAUTHORITIES IN THE UNITED States have indicted five members of an alleged spy ring for the Chinese Ministry for State Security (MSS), who engaged in sabotage, bribing, harassment, intimidation and entrapment operations. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) alleges [PDF]  that the five men, Qiming Lin, 59, Shujun Wang, 73, Quiang ‘Jason’ Sun, 40, Matthew Ziburis, 49, and Fan ‘Frank’ Liu, 62, operated at the behest of the government of China, conducting several operations on US soil, with an “unlimited budget”.

Lin, Wang, Liu and Ziburis have been arrested. They each face between 10 and 20 years in prison, if convicted. Sun, who is the alleged handler of the spy ring, remains at large. The FBI claims Sun is an MSS officer and is currently in China. The FBI alleges that the five men were tasked with destroying the personal lives and careers of Chinese dissidents living in the United States. Their victims included a Chinese-born American citizen, who is running for Congress. The dissident is not identified in the FBI indictment. However, according to the Business Insider, he is believed to be Yan Xiong, a Long Island resident who escaped to the US after participating in the 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations.

Members of the Chinese spy ring allegedly tried to thwart Yan’s Congressional election campaign. Specifically, they are accused of conspiring to extort Yan, by luring him in a ‘honey trap’ operation involving prostitutes. They also conspired to plant child pornography in Yan’s personal computer, and even using physical beatings and intimidation in order to subvert his political career. The spy ring is also believed to have targeted Weiming Chen, a Chinese-born, California-based artist, who has produced sculptures and other artwork critical of the Chinese government.

In most cases, members of the spy ring tried to acquire personal data belonging to their victims, including their US social security numbers, as well as copies of their passports. In several cases, members of the spy ring installed covert surveillance equipment in the cars, residences and work places of their targets. These allowed them to monitor their victims’ personal lives and whereabouts. In announcing the indictments on Wednesday, US Department of Justice representatives said efforts by Chinese spies to intimidate and silence expatriate dissidents living in the US had risen at an “alarming rate” in the past year.

Author: Joseph Fitsanakis | Date: 17 March 2022 | Permalink

One Response to US indicts five members of Chinese spy ring, handler remains at large

  1. Chris says:

    I sure wish the Hoover Days would return, and abolish the still active NY Crime Families who ruined the life of me, & my poor mother where I had to try to defend myself against operatoratives & associates of both the Luchessed & Gambino Crime Families in a measly corrupted civil court twice spanning their ongoing 17yr south Fl. multi-million Window Rackets extorting from condo hi-rise unit owners.

    Both FBI, Secret Service, local law enforcement, & AUSA for the southern district, all abondoned me as an informant/credible source/ witness in the criminal case with a Federal Grand Jury Subpoena that was issued, which turned out to be a sham all away around.

    Stories like these disgust me of being a law abiding American where I fought for justice for all Floridians who are victims of these known gangsters and old rackets originating from the famous “NYC MAFIA WINDOWS CASE INVESTIGATION” (look it up) in the 70s -90’s……now they’re all in sunny wild west Florida, far from the prying eyes of the FB-EYE.

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