American Pleads Guilty to Trying to Spy for China

A 28-year-old American, Glenn Shriver, has pleaded guilty to attempting to spy for China, though he had not yet succeeded in getting work at the . From Reuters:

After spending a year in college studying in Shanghai in 2002-2003, he moved there in 2004 to continue his language studies and to work. He responded to an advertisement to write about Sino-U.S. relations and his contact later introduced him to Chinese intelligence agents, prosecutors said.

He agreed to seek a job in the U.S. government and took the U.S. Foreign Service exam at the State Department twice but failed both times. Still the Chinese paid him $30,000 for his “friendship” and efforts, the court papers said.

He applied for a job in the CIA’s National Clandestine Service in 2007 and later flew to Shanghai where he again met with Chinese intelligence officers and demanded $40,000 which they gave him, according to the court papers.

Shriver received word to report to Washington in May 2010 for final employment processing activities with the CIA, and it was at that time he failed to disclose his contacts and money from the Chinese, prosecutors said.

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