It could have been a plot for the latest action-packed spy thriller to hit theaters.
But the story of former CIA officer Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 53, is all too real. Lee has been accused of sharing the names of Chinese informants with the Chinese government in one of the biggest U.S. intelligence failures in recent memory.
Lee has been charged with illegally retaining classified documents after FBI agents found two notebooks in his belongings that held sensitive names and numbers and other classified information. He was arrested Monday night in JFK International Airport.
More than a dozen informants working with the CIA were killed or imprisoned by the Chinese government in connection with this security breach, the New York Times reported. The CIA realized that there was a problem after years of informants’ names ending up in the hands of the Chinese and started an investigation in 2012.
“The bad guy in this case, eventually caught, but the human toll he inflicted makes the story ultimately a tragedy,” Glenn said on today’s show.