• July 21, 2024

Two Homeland Security Workers Have Been Charged With Spying For China!

 

On Thursday, a federal grand jury indicted a Department of Homeland Security agent and a former agent in connection with an alleged Chinese Communist Party-orchestrated plan to stalk, harass and observe critics of the Chinese government living in the U.S.

Craig Miller, a 15-year employee of the Department of Homeland Security, and Derrick Taylor, a former DHS worker, were named in an indictment filed in federal court in Brooklyn. Prosecutors allege the pair obstructed justice by plotting to obtain information from a restricted federal law enforcement database.

Miller, 48, of Hastings, Minnesota, and Taylor, 60, of Irvine, California, are among the latest defendants indicted in a wide-ranging probe of what American officials describe as increasingly aggressive efforts by the Chinese government to seek out, silence, and threaten pro-democracy activists abroad.

Assistant Attorney General for National Security Matthew G. Olsen, said in a statement from the Department of Justice:

“We will defend the rights of people in the United States to engage in free speech and political expression, including views the PRC government wants to silence. As charged, these individuals aided agents of a foreign government in seeking to suppress dissenting voices who have taken refuge here. The defendants include two sworn law enforcement officers who chose to forsake their oaths and violate the law. This indictment is the next step in holding all of these defendants responsible for their crimes.”

Several other men were also indicted in the case – Fan “Frank” Liu, Matthew Ziburis, and Qiang “Jason” Sun – all of whom allegedly carried out the “transnational repression scheme to target U.S. residents whose political views and actions are disfavored” by the CCP, according to the Justice Department.

Sun remains at large, though Liu and Ziburis were arrested in March.

More details of this report from The Daily Wire:

According to the relevant court documents, one of Liu’s co-conspirators allegedly retained Taylor to obtain personal information about multiple PRC dissidents living in the United States, including flight records, passport information and photographs. Taylor was allegedly assisted by two other DHS officers, including Miller. These contacts within the DHS allegedly obtained the information from a restricted government database and illicitly provided it to Taylor. Liu, Ziburis, and Sun allegedly used this information to target and harass these dissidents at the behest of the PRC.

Miller allegedly deleted text messages between himself and Taylor while being questioned by authorities, and Taylor supposedly instructed an associate to withhold evidence from the FBI.

Miller and Taylor have been charged with obstruction of justice, and Taylor has additionally been charged with making false statements to the FBI. Liu and Ziburis are being charged with conspiring to act as agents of the PRC. Liu, Ziburis, and Sun are being charged with conspiring to commit interstate harassment and criminal use of a means of identification.

The accused, if convicted, face decades in prison, with possible sentences for the defendants ranging between 20-30 years.

Here’s what a spokesperson at the Chinese Embassy in Washington said:

“I’m not aware of the specific situation. I would like to stress in principle that the Chinese side always asks overseas Chinese citizens to comply with the host country’s laws and regulations. We firmly oppose acts by the U.S. that groundlessly malign and smear China.” 

Sources: DailyWire, APnews, USnews

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