Date
17 August 2017
The suspect allegedly stole 60 intelligence-related items and passed sensitive information to foreigners 54 times between October 2012 and June 2014. Photo: Bloomberg
The suspect allegedly stole 60 intelligence-related items and passed sensitive information to foreigners 54 times between October 2012 and June 2014. Photo: Bloomberg

China detains graduate student for spying

A graduate student has been arrested in Harbin in northeastern Heilongjiang province for theft of state secrets, the official Xinhua news agency reported Wednesday.

The aerospace student, surnamed Chang, has sold classified information to foreigners for more than 200,000 yuan (US$48,500) since 2012.

He allegedly stole 60 intelligence-related items and passed sensitive information to foreigners 54 times between October 2012 and June 2014, the report said.

Chang told investigators he received the money upfront from contacts who approached him online pretending to look for part-time tutoring jobs.

He sent “sensitive military images” overseas during trips to southern Hainan province, the report said.     

The case shows the black hand of foreign intelligence groups on university campuses through the internet, Xinhua said.

Chang was aware he was committing a crime but couldn’t resist the money, it said.

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