China Says Uncovers Alleged CIA Spy, Chinese National Recruited in Italy-State TV

The logo of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency is shown in the lobby of the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia March 3, 2005. U.S. President George W. Bush visited the headquarters for briefings Thursday.

BEIJING, Aug 11 (Reuters) – China has uncovered an alleged spy for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), a Chinese national who worked for a military industrial group and was offered money and immigration to the U.S. in exchange for sensitive military information, the state broadcaster reported on Friday.

Zeng, who was regarded as a classified person, was sent to Italy to pursue further education and while there became acquainted with a U.S. embassy official, said the CCTV report.

Zeng was found to have signed an espionage agreement with the U.S. and received training before returning to China to carry out espionage activities, it reported.

CCTV said “compulsory measures” had been taken against Zeng, but did not give any further details.

China has been stepping up its oversight on what it deems espionage activities.

Early this month, the state security ministry said the nation should encourage its citizens to join counter-espionage work, including creating channels for individuals to report suspicious activity as well as commending and rewarding them.

The ministry said a system that makes it “normal” for the masses to participate in counter-espionage must be established.

Last month, China introduced an anti-espionage law which bans the transfer of any information related to national security and interests without defining those terms.

The new law alarmed the United States while the European Union ambassador to China had said in May he was not sure the opening up of the Chinese economy was compatible with the counter-espionage law.