Two Chinese spies were caught interfering with US federal prosecution of Chinese telecommunications company, HUAWEI!
Chinese Spies Caught Interfering With HUAWEI Case!
On Monday, October 24, 2022, the US Justice Department announced charges against two Chinese citizens, who were accused of working to undermine federal prosecution of Chinese telecommunications company, HUAWEI.
The charging documents charged two People’s Republic of China (PRC) citizens of two counts of money laundering, and one count of obstructing an official proceeding, specifically interfering with the pending prosecution of HUAWEI by the Eastern District of New York (EDNY).
- Gouchun He, who is also known as Dong He or Jacky He, and
- Zheng Wang, who is also known as Zen Wang
The US Justice Department called them intelligence officers of the PRC conducting foreign intelligence operations targeting the United States, on behalf of the PRC government and for the benefit of Company-1 (HUAWEI).
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How These Chinese Spies Were Caught Interfering With HUAWEI Case!
The US Justice Department’s charging documents tell a really compelling story of how the two Chinese spies were foiled by the very asset they recruited.
When US Department of Justice apparently began their investigation of HUAWEI in 2017, Gouchun He and Zheng Wang recruited a US law enforcement official around February 2017. Unbeknownst to them, the official they recruited as their asset became a “double agent” for FBI supervision.
He and Wang began asking the official for sensitive information about the US government’s criminal case against HUAWEI, and received payment in return:
- approximately $14,000 in cash
- jewellery worth approximately $600
- approximately $61,000 in Bitcoin
The official also received payments unrelated to this case (suggesting He and Wang asked for information on other cases) :
- $2,000 via Western Union
- $3,000 in cash delivered in person by He and Wang
- $9,000 in cash and jewellery
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After charges were announced against HUAWEI around January 2019, Gouchun He and Zheng Wang repeatedly asked their agent for secret information regarding the investigation and prosecution of HUAWEI:
September 2021 : The official was asked to provide information on meetings with the prosecution team at the US Attorney’s Office for EDNY on strategising for the jury trial.
October 2021 : In response to a request for documents, the official passed Gouchun He a document marked SECRET that purportedly claimed to discuss a potential plan to charge and arrest two HUAWEI principals residing in China.
The official was paid $41,000 in Bitcoin for that single page, and later paid another $20,000 in Bitcoin the same month.
December 2021 : Gouchun He told the official that HUAWEI “demanded to communicate with him/her directly”, but he allegedly “refused it” because “it’s too dangerous”.
The US official repeatedly indicated that he/she knew and expected the materials he/she passed would be shared with HUAWEI, and Gouchun He and Zheng Wang never denied that they would be sharing the documents or information with HUAWEI.
In fact, when the US official handed them the SECRET document, Gouchun He explained, “HUAWEI didn’t give me specifically feedback now yet [about the document], but they are obviously interested in it, and my boos and they need further information”
Both Gouchun He and Zheng Wang then asked the US official for information on witnesses who were working with the US government to prosecute HUAWEI.
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