CIA Manages to Let Classified Records Slip Out The Door
Jerry Chun Shing Lee Arrested for Keeping Classified Records
Once again one of America’s spy agencies has managed to lose classified records.
I am not sure if I should be surprised or just laugh at this juncture, these agencies just cannot seem to keep classified information from slipping right out of the front door.
After Jerry left the CIA in 2012, he more or less kept classified intel that should not have left with him.
The FBI had obtained a warrant for ‘unknown’ (but a little bird told me it was because Jerry, was suspected of compromising Chinese Informants) reasons and searched his luggage at a hotel room after Jerry had flown with his family from Hong Kong to Northern Virginia.
Upon the search that was conducted for again, ‘unknown’ reasons the FBI found a couple of handwritten notes that may have contained the names and numbers of covert CIA employees and the locations of covert facilities.
Of course after the CIA looked into the situation and discovered that in fact, Jerry had intel that was both secret and top secret in nature.
Oddly, Jerry had been interviewed on 5 separate occasions prior to his arrest by the FBI and failed during each and every interview to disclose that he had these handwritten books.
Jerry was a case officer for the CIA from 1994-2007 where he was trained in surveillance detection, recruiting, handling assets, and the handling of classified information (which he learned well considering his arrest), and he worked at several overseas offices.
Jerry has not been charged with espionage, he has only been charged with illegal retention of documents.
Again, it’s anyone’s guess as to whether or not Jerry had any intention of using the information in order to turn a profit regardless of the fact that he is suspected of compromising informants, he has not been proven guilty yet.
Then Again, maybe he did because perhaps his retirement plan was a little too lean for his comfort level.
Cristal M Clark