Chinese authorities have sentenced a man in Guangdong province to 10 years in jail for allegedly providing some highly classified documents to an overseas party, China News Service reported.
The man, who was identified by only his surname — Li — was said to be part of an espionage ring that involved 40 people in China.
Li is said to have subscribed to internal military publications for a foreign spy that used the online alias “Feige.” He also monitored important military bases in Guangdong and provided photos of military equipment installations to the foreign spy, the report said, citing Guangdong provincial department of state security.
According to the report, since 2007, “Feige” had recruited 12 people in Guangdong and more than 40 other people in some 20 Chinese provincial regions to provide military information. The operations used several websites, including an online book store and www.jsfans.cn, an online community for military enthusiasts.
The state media report did not reveal the nationality of the suspected foreign spy.
Two weeks earlier, President Xi Jinping and the Central Military Commission issued a document calling for better protection of military secrets.
– Contact HKEJ at [email protected]