Former CIA Officer Charged, ISIS Leader Reappears, and UK Defense Minister Fired

Former CIA Officer Pleads Guilty to Spying for China

Jerry Chung Shin Lee plead guilty in federal court on Wednesday to conspiring “to gather and send secret information to the PRC.” Lee, 54, began working in China and other places as a CIA Officer in 1997. He left the Agency in 2004, reportedly frustrated that his career had stalled. According to prosecutors, Lee met with Chinese intelligence officials in 2010. Between 2010 and 2012, the Chinese government arrested and either jailed or killed dozens of Chinese citizens secretly working with the CIA. Over that same period of time, Lee deposited hundreds of thousands of dollars to his Hong Kong bank account. Lee’s case is the third case in the past year to link a former U.S. intelligence officer to China’s government.

ISIS Leader Reappears for First Time in Five Years

Last week, for the first time since 2014, ISIS leader Abu Bark al-Baghdadi has apparently released a video. The man in the video is not confirmed to be al-Baghdadi. The video comes about a month after the U.S. has declared an end to ISIS’ territorial control, following a victory at Baghouz. The man purported to be al-Baghdadi acknowledges the defeat in Syria but vows that his forces will continue fighting. Baghouz was the last territory ISIS controlled in either Syria or Iraq. But while their territorial control has been eliminated in the last five years, they are still believed to have thousands of fighters in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.

U.K. Defense Chief Fired Over Telecommunications Leak

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Theresa May fired her defense secretary, Gavin Williamson. Williamson is accused of a leak which suggested that May allow a Chinese company, Huawei, to build some elements of the next-generation 5G cellular network. May’s decision overruled numerous objections from her senior counsel, including Williamson. Huawei is considered to be a security threat by the United States government. The U.S. government has been campaigning to pressure other countries to bar Huawei from building 5G networks, saying their equipment is vulnerable to Chinese espionage. Huawei, however, has already been a part of Britain’s telecommunications infrastructure for the last 15 years.

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