A US citizen working as a tour guide has been charged with spying for Chinese intelligence companies, the US Department of Justice stated.
Xuehua Peng delivered categorized data to China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS), prosecutors stated.
Mr Peng, 56, allegedly accomplished 5 “dead drops” at resort rooms between 2015 and 2018.
He was arrested on Friday in Hayward, California, and denied bail at a court docket listening to.
“The conduct charged on this case alleges a mix of age-old spy-craft and trendy know-how,” US Attorney David Anderson stated.
The FBI snared Mr Peng, often known as “Edward Peng”, as a part of an elaborate “double agent operation” launched in March 2015.
A “confidential human source” – an FBI double agent – handed nationwide safety secrets and techniques to Mr Peng in return for cost, prosecutors stated.
On six separate events, Mr Peng allegedly confirmed up at resort rooms in California and Georgia to gather or drop off packages.
In 4 of these instances, Mr Peng allegedly retrieved an SD card containing categorized data, earlier than travelling to Beijing to satisfy Chinese intelligence officers.