China and the U.S. are Racing to Turn Poor, Naive Millennials into SpiesPosted: May 8, 2014
The FBI video describes Chinese intelligence officers plying the young American with cash and luxury liquor, and appealing to his fascination with China.
For Quartz, Lily Kuo writes: Chinese state media are accusing an “unnamed foreign country” of recruiting spies at Chinese universities and through popular blogs and social media. This week, a series of news reports claim that unsuspecting Chinese, some of them as young as16 years old, are being lured into working for foreign intelligence agents.
“…an unnamed foreign country recruited at least 40 people in 20 provinces to give military secrets to an agent whose online alias was Feige or ‘Flying Brother.'”
The reports seem to be a response to a short documentary posted by the US Federal Bureau of Investigations last month, telling the story of a 28-year-old Michigan native, Glenn Duffie Shriver who says he was was recruited to spy for the Chinese while living in Shanghai, and was eventually caught by US authorities. The FBI video describes Chinese intelligence officers plying the young American with cash and luxury liquor, and appealing to his fascination with China.
The fact that this kind of covert recruitment occurs isn’t as surprising as each government’s attempts to paint the other as emotionally manipulative and ruthless. It may be a sign that US and Chinese intelligence agencies are waging a war for public opinion, as well as critical information.
China’s state-run People’s Daily reported on May 5 that an unnamed foreign country had recruited at least 40 people in 20 provinces to give military secrets to an agent whose online alias was Feige or “Flying Brother.” On May 7, China’s state-owned Global Times (link in Chinese) accused this unnamed overseas intelligence agency of “repeatedly seducing” Chinese students into working for them…(read more)
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