Date
17 October 2017
The CCTV report said Huang Yu sold more than 150,000 classified documents to a 'foreign spy organization'. Photo: China Daily
The CCTV report said Huang Yu sold more than 150,000 classified documents to a 'foreign spy organization'. Photo: China Daily

China sentences man to death for leaking state secrets

A mainland Chinese has been sentenced to death for leaking more than 150,000 classified documents to an unidentified foreign power, Reuters said, citing a state television report Tuesday.

Huang Yu, a computer technician from Sichuan, worked for a government department that handled state secrets, but he was a bad employee and was sacked, the CCTV report said.

The furious Huang messaged a “foreign spy organization” on the internet and offered to sell documents he had obtained while working for his former employer.

The spies gladly took him up on his offer, the report said.

Meeting them in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong, Huang eventually handed over 150,000 documents, covering secrets ranging from information about the ruling Communist Party to military and financial issues, CCTV said.

But as Huang was no longer employed, he began to run out of documents to provide.

So, he tapped his wife and brother-in-law, who also worked for government departments handling state secrets, the report said.

In the end, his frequent travel and sudden unexplained wealth caught up with him.

He was arrested in 2011 and then sentenced to death, CCTV said.

Its report did not say when or whether the execution had happened, or where Huang was tried.

China’s state secrets law is notoriously broad, covering everything from industry data to the exact birthdates of state leaders.

Information can also be labeled a state secret retroactively, Reuters said.

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