Chinese General Discusses Spies, Government Stays Silent

Video leaked on YouTube and elsewhere reportedly shows a Chinese Major General Jin Yinan discussing espionage cases, several of which had not been publicly revealed before. CNN reports:

In a clip found on YouTube and smaller video-sharing sites, Jin — with the help of slides — presented eight major espionage cases. While some cases had been publicized, others had never been revealed or discussed in detail before, especially those involving senior officers of the normally secretive People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

Jin talked about Senior Col. Xu Junping, who once directed the American and Oceanic department of the defense ministry’s foreign affairs office but defected to the United States in 2000. Jin said Xu was extremely close to China’s top military brass.
Looking around the world, where else could you find a country’s ambassador spying for another country?

“What he gave the Americans was not the number of missiles we had or some other technical details, he told them about the personalities of our leaders and their decision-making habits and processes,” Jin said. “These were key intelligence.”

Jin said another senior colonel, Wang Qingqian, was caught spying for Japan while serving as a military liaison officer at the Chinese embassy in Tokyo. Wang installed bugs in the offices of the ambassador and the military attaché, Jin said, and opened embassy windows periodically to allow Japanese remote-surveillance equipment to peek inside.

The video can be viewed in this report from New Tang Dynasty Television:

See also a report from the New York Times.

August 30, 2011 10:06 PM
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