One of the Central Intelligence Agency’s former spooks was caught red handed, moonlighting for the FBI while working a day job as a Chinese spy. Alexander Yuk Ching Ma got away with funneling secrets to Beijing, even though it looks like the Deep State FBI knew exactly what he was up to. Apparently, they turned a blind eye to his espionage until they abruptly decided to do something about it. In January of 2019 they finally thought it might be a good idea to set up a sting.
Chinese secret squirrel caught in the act
It looks like Inspector General Michael Horowitz sniffed something that caused a sudden shift of policy at the Federal Bureau of Instigation in January of last year, and it may have something to do with why the Chinese delegation was recently chased out of Texas. A 67-year-old Chinese secret squirrel was dragged out of the shadows on Monday, after getting caught in the act turning valuable intelligence over to the Chinese communists.
For a decade-and-a-half, from 1967 to 1989 Ma worked for the CIA “overseas in the East-Asia and Pacific region.” Everything seemed normal until “about 12 years after his retirement from the agency, around some time in 2001.” That’s when he had a little meeting. Since that sit down, Ma “disclosed a substantial amount of highly classified national defense information” to “five members of the Chinese Ministry of State Security.” He did it without getting caught too.
Just a few of the tasty tidbits he passed along from the FBI to his communist handlers were “the identities of CIA officers and human assets, information about the CIA’s internal organization and means of CIA communications.” That’s a no-no. The charging documents suggest that his career at the FBI was ordered by the Chinese. Nobody is saying why it took so long before they caught him doing it.
Sensitive information to pass along
After his 2001 meeting with “Chinese officers,” Ma stayed in contact “as he applied for an FBI position in 2004.” For the next six years, the spy happily “downloaded, collected or otherwise photographed sensitive information to pass along to China until he stopped work for the FBI in 2010.” And wasn’t caught.
The only answer FBI officials are giving to the question of why he wasn’t caught before 2019 is a nervous cough and a shifty glance at the window. Like they hope the answer will be out there somewhere. They admit that when they finally got around to it in January of 2019, “an FBI agent pretended to be a Chinese government auditor reviewing the Chinese governments handling of Ma as an intelligence source.”
Surprisingly, the FBI already had a convenient copy of “a video of his 2001 meeting with the Chinese officials.” They start looking out the window again when anyone asks where they got it or how long they had it. They must have been caught with their hand in the cookie jar again. All they’re saying about it is that they used it to gain Ma’s confidence, and it worked. They “got him to admit in further meetings that he worked for the Chinese.” The indictment explains, Ma told the undercover contact that he “wanted ‘the motherland’ to succeed” and said he would consider working again for the Chinese government, “perhaps as a consultant.” He was charged with charged with conspiring to communicate national defense information to aid a foreign government.
Prosecutors expect a stiff sentence, they want him in a cage for the rest of his life. They said that about former CIA agent Jerry Chun Shing Lee too, but he only got 19 years when he got caught for what he did. “Lee reportedly devised a document on his computer on May 26, 2010, that detailed specific locations where CIA officers were, as well as the precise location and time frame of a sensitive CIA operation, which was all secret level classified information. He then transferred the sensitive information to a thumb drive, he used to transfer the information.”