A Chinese citizen who enlisted in the US Army Reserve is now accused of spying


Army Times

CHICAGO — A Chinese citizen living in Chicago was arrested Tuesday for allegedly spying, including by helping with the recruitment of U.S. engineers, defense contractors and scientists for intelligence services in China, federal prosecutors said. Ji Chaoqun, 27, is charged with one count of knowingly acting in the U.S. as an agent of a foreign government without prior notification of the attorney general, a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago said. He allegedly worked at the direction of high-ranking intelligence officials with the People’s Republic of China and was given the task of providing information about eight people for possible recruitment. A 17-page criminal complaint says Ji came to the U.S. in 2013 on a student visa to study engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves in 2016 under a program that allows some immigrants living in the country legally to serve in the military if their skills could be vital to U.S. interests. Ji made an initial appearance in federal court in downtown Chicago, looking tired and fidgeting as he stood before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael T. Mason. Ji huddled with a Chinese-language interpreter for much of the 15-minute hearing. But when the judge asked if he understood his rights, Ji lifted his head and said in English, “I understand.” Assistant U.S. Attorney Shoba Pillay said at the hearing that Ji faces up to 10 years in federal prison if convicted on the one count.

Through a lawyer, Laura Hoey, Ji also asked that the Chinese consulate be notified about his arrest. Judge Mason ordered that Ji remain in custody for now, and U.S. Marshal’s agents handcuffed him and led him away. No additional hearings were immediately set. There was no answer at a number for the Chinese consulate in Chicago on Tuesday evening.

3 comments on “A Chinese citizen who enlisted in the US Army Reserve is now accused of spying
  1. Facebook and LinkedIn (et al) provide a wealth of information for Chinese intelligence. The PRC is often the culprit in hacking – as they did with OPM, United Airlines, and Anthem.
    There have been a lot of arrests lately of spys working for China. The PRC’s “thousands of grains of sand” approach to spying has also been well-known for a while and it apparently works (notice how similar some of their military equipment looks to ours).
    Colleges/universities, defense industry, R&D, government (including our military) are all targets of Communist China.
    Maybe Senator Feinstein can ask her “driver” for more information? BTW, where is he now?

  2. my kinda town,,,,,has great hunan and szechwan and mandarin food joints,,,,,slop shoots…….a former prissy feminist ex wife and i went to an all you can eat buffet and she shoveled it on her plate…….i said to her,,,HEY YOU CHOW DOWN LIKE A PLATOON OF HUNGRY MARINES,,,,,she got all huffed and puffed and threw down her fork and stormed out of the restaurant,,,,,too funny,,,she came back of course,,,she knew how to chow down on her rice bowl.,,,i have got to research if the brits the aussies and the kiwis have PC on steroids,,,,even the canooks,,,,,in their armed forces and whetther a yank can join up.,,,why dont you all do some research as well….turn to turn to,,,,,go!

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