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A veteran FBI electronics technician – who had top secret clearance – was charged by the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office on Monday with acting as an agent of China.
The man was identified as Kun Shan Chun and also went by “Joey Chun,” according to the official complaint. He was expected to plead guilty, Reuters reported.
Chun, born in China, began working for the FBI in 1997. Chun's duties with the FBI included "accessing sensitive and, in some instance, classified information."..
The documents contend that Chun and some of his relatives "maintained relationships" with individuals who worked for a Chinese technology company and at least "one individual whom Chun understood to be affiliated with the Chinese government." Chun was allegedly tasked with consulting work in the U.S. for that Chinese company, for which he was given financial and travel "benefits."
He allegedly met with a Chinese associate in Europe in July 2015 and, around the same time, told an undercover FBI Special Agent that he wanted to introduce the agent to some of his Chinese associates.
"Chun also expressed a willingness to facilitate the passage of sensitive United States government information from the [undercover agent] to one or more of his Chinese associates, including individuals associated with the Chinese government," the document states.
During one meeting, Chun is alleged to have told the undercover agent that he "expected a 'cut' of any payment that the [agent] received for providing information to the Chinese government."
Chun and the undercover agent also met in New York in August 2015 during a meeting that was recorded, the charging documents said.
"I could get you connected and then I'm going to stay off," Chun is alleged to have said. "You know, you do your thing, you make your money, I don't really care, but...if you make any money, just give me a little bit..."