Thursday, August 12, 2010
China: The World’s Worst Employer for Spies
Congressman J. Randy Forbes expressed his concerns over the “deliberate and methodical methods of espionage practiced by trained spies, students, and civilians” in his response to the arrest of four Chinese spies in 2008. “China poses the number one espionage threat to the United States,” the Congressman said. “The effects of that threat are real and dangerous to the interests of the United States.”
The FBI has estimated that up to 3,200 Chinese front companies are operating in the United States, gathering secret information about the U.S. government and American companies. Only some of them have been exposed. The U.S. Justice Department has convicted 44 individuals in 26 cases since March 2008; almost all of them are now serving time in federal prisons, according to the Washington Post.