Two Chinese intelligence officers were charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly trying to bribe a US government official to provide information about an investigation into telecommunications firm Huawei, according to an indictment unsealed Monday.
The spies, Guochun He and Zheng Wang, thought they had recruited the US official as an asset to steal confidential information about the prosecution of Huawei, but the official was actually working as a double agent for the FBI.
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“The defendants paid a bribe to the double agent to obtain non-public information, including files from the US Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Monday. “They did so in the hope of obtaining the prosecution’s strategy memo, confidential information regarding witnesses, trial evidence, and potential new charges to be brought against the company.”
The official provided a one-page document that appeared to be classified as “SECRET” and had information on plans to arrest two Huawei officials. The document was actually prepared by the US government to deceive the Chinese spies.
Guochun He allegedly paid the double agent $41,000 in bitcoin for stealing the document last year, and send him another $20,000 worth of bitcoin earlier this month.
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The company is not named, but references in the indictment to prosecution of a Chinese