An FBI employee named Kun Shan Chun, who went by the name Joey, has admitted to spying for the Chinese. The Associated Press reports:
In 2013, Chun downloaded an FBI organizational chart from his FBI computer in Manhattan and later turned it over to an unnamed Chinese official, the papers say.
About two years later, he “took photographs of documents displayed in a restricted area of the FBI’s New York Field Office, which summarized sensitive details regarding multiple surveillance technologies used by the FBI,” the papers say. He later used his personal cellphone to send the photos to China, they add.
Authorities say Chun was rewarded with cash, free travel and other favors for himself and his family.
Favors also included hiring prostitutes for Chun. From Reuters:
According to the complaint, Chun told the agent that his Chinese associates sometimes paid for prostitutes for him and provided hotels when he traveled to China.
Chun apologized for his actions and his attorney claims he loves the United States:
“At the time, I knew that was wrong, and I’m sorry for my actions,” said Chun, who was born in China and is a naturalized U.S. citizen…
“The truth is that Mr. Chun loves the United States and never intended to cause it any harm,” Jonathan Marvinny, his lawyer, said in a statement. “He hopes to put this matter behind him and move forward with his life.”
Moving forward with his life will presumably involve some time in jail. NBC New York reports he is facing up to 10 years behind bars. His sentencing will be in December.
Chun should have told FBI investigators that he neither sent nor received classified information. That seems to work.