Chinese spy pretending a tour operator while transmitting classified information to the Chinese government
Tomorrow, a hearing will be held on the case of espionage by a secret agent of Beijing, who received US citizenship. According to official information, Xuehua Peng aka Edward Peng worked for China’s intelligence for three years, transmitting classified data that threatened US National Security.
It is reported that on September 27, Peng was taken into custody, and at the preliminary hearing he was denied bail due to the high probability of escaping to China.
Attorney David Anderson, at a press conference on Monday, revealed details of the spying activity of a Chinese special agent, accusing the 56-year-old man of criminal cooperation with a rival secret service.
“Defendant Xuehua (Edward) Peng is charged with executing dead drops, delivering payments, and personally carrying to Beijing, China, secure digital cards containing classified information related to the national security of the United States. The conduct charged in this case alleges a combination of age-old spycraft and modern technology,” stated U.S. Attorney David Anderson.
As it became known, since 2015, an undercover agent, whose name remains classified as part of this investigation, has been introduced into the close circle of Edward Peng.
The FBI has created a powerful evidence base for the prosecution. According to indictment, US authorities have plenty of evidence of spying on Xuehua Peng in the United States. Among the evidence is data on money transfers to China, as well as numerous transfers of encrypted digital cards that he personally transported to Beijing.
According to recent reports, Edward Peng worked as a guide to the attractions of San Francisco for tourists from China, which provided him with permanent access to the channels leading to China. If the court pleads guilty to Peng, he will spend up to 10 years in prison and will be forced to pay a fine of $ 250 thousand.