A former CIA officer apprehended in January at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport is now facing charges of conspiracy to commit espionage on behalf of China.
The charges on Tuesday came years after FBI agents turned up notebooks containing confidential information in a search of his hotel room.
Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 53, is a naturalized US citizen, who had a top-secret clearance, working as a field agent for the agency between 1994 and 2007.
He was living in Hong Kong when he was arrested after apparently been the target of an FBI investigation since 2012, the time when agents found some handwritten notes while searching a Honolulu hotel room.
The notes were about “asset meeting, operational meeting locations, operational phone numbers, true names of assets, and covert facilities” pertaining to China, according to a court affidavit.
The New York Times has said in a report that the classified information is believed to have been used by…