New York City police officer charged with espionage on Tibetans, performing as unlawful agent of China

New York, September 22 

A 33-year-old New York police officer has been charged with performing as an unlawful agent of China, with authorities right here accusing the Tibetan-origin man of spying on the supporters of the Tibetan independence motion within the US for the Chinese authorities.

Baimadajie Angwang, 33, a New York City Police Department officer and United States Army reservist was arrested on Monday and charged within the Eastern District of New York with performing as an unlawful agent of China in addition to committing wire fraud, making false statements and obstructing an official continuing. 

If convicted, Angwang faces a most sentence of 55 years’ imprisonment.

Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers mentioned based on the allegations, the Chinese authorities recruited and directed Angwang, a US citizen and member of America’s largest legislation enforcement division, to additional its intelligence gathering and repression of Chinese overseas.

Acting United States Attorney Seth DuCharme mentioned Angwang violated his sworn oath as a New York City police officer to guard and serve the residents of New York and as an alternative reported to Chinese authorities officers in regards to the actions of Chinese residents within the New York space and developed intelligence sources throughout the Tibetan neighborhood within the United States.

Prosecutors allege that since 2018, Angwang has maintained a relationship with no less than two Chinese officers stationed on the consulate in New York. 

He allegedly acquired duties from and reported again to them, even referring to one of many officers repeatedly as “Boss.” A naturalised US citizen, Angwang got here to the United States from China on a cultural trade visa, overstayed his second visa and finally utilized for asylum within the United States, claiming he was “arrested and tortured” in China due partly to his Tibetan ethnicity, based on the grievance.

“Let them know you have recruited one in the police department,” Angwang allegedly instructed a Chinese consulate official in a November 2018 name, based on the grievance.

Assistant Director of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division Alan Kohler mentioned the case serves as one more reminder that “China represents the biggest counterintelligence threat to the United States.” According to the publicly filed grievance and detention memorandum, Angwang, an ethnic Tibetan native of China and naturalised US citizen was assigned to NYPD’s neighborhood affairs unit the place, amongst different issues, he serves as a liaison to the neighborhood. 

Since no less than 2014, Angwang acted on the course and management of officers on the Chinese Consulate right here. 

Specifically, he reported on the actions of Chinese residents within the New York space, noticed and assessed potential intelligence sources throughout the Tibetan neighborhood in New York and elsewhere, and offered Chinese officers with entry to senior NYPD officers by invites to official occasions.  

Prosecutors mentioned one of many Chinese Consular officers at whose course Angwang acted labored for the “China Association for Preservation and Development of Tibetan Culture,” a division of China’s United Front Work Department, which is accountable for neutralising potential opponents of China and co-opting ethnic Chinese people dwelling outdoors the nation.

According to court docket paperwork, Angwang was specific about his motivations, telling his official handler that he needed to get promoted throughout the NYPD in order that he may help China and produce “glory to China.”   In addition, Angwang instructed his handler that the handler’s superiors in Beijing “should be happy . . . because you have stretched your reach into the police.” In addition to performing as an unlawful Chinese agent, Angwang can be charged with committing wire fraud, making materials false statements and obstructing an official continuing. 

Angwang can be charged with wire fraud. The prison grievance alleges he acquired practically USD 120,000 by wire switch from China since 2016.  

As a part of his employment with the US Army Reserve, Angwang maintained a “SECRET”-level safety clearance. 

Angwang lied by denying that he had contacts with a international authorities or its consulate and by denying that he had shut and persevering with contacts with international nationals, together with his relations who reside in China, a few of whom had been affiliated with the People’s Liberation Army. 

The International Campaign for Tibet, mentioned in a press release that the arrest reveals that the “Chinese Communist Party is engaged in malign operations to suppress dissent, not only in Tibet … but any place in the world where Tibetans are free to express themselves”.

Beijing views the Dalai Lama as a separatist and accuses the supporters of the 85-year-old Tibetan non secular chief of working to separate Tibet from China. PTI 

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