It appears over the course of two years, roughly 18 to 20 CIA operatives or connections in China have either been killed or imprisoned. This is probably some of the best recent news yet on the CIA’s deteriorating capability. I guess maybe the Chinese don’t want the CIA operating in China, either through assets or proxies and have clearly demonstrated the Chinese mean business. The CIA better get used to it because as far as China, Russia and Iran are concerned, America is sinking into irrelevancy for these three countries working together to establish the new silk road. And don’t forget, China arrested several spies from Japan as well several years ago.
Source The New York Times
Killing C.I.A. Informants, China Crippled U.S. Spying Operations
By MARK MAZZETTI, ADAM GOLDMAN, MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and MATT APUZZO
May 20, 2017
An honor guard outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing last month. The Chinese government killed or imprisoned 18 to 20 C.I.A sources from 2010 through 2012. Credit Wang Zhao/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
WASHINGTON — The Chinese government systematically dismantled C.I.A. spying operations in the country starting in 2010, killing or imprisoning more than a dozen sources over two years and crippling intelligence gathering there for years afterward.
Current and former American officials described the intelligence breach as one of the worst in decades. It set off a scramble in Washington’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies to contain the fallout, but investigators were bitterly divided over the cause. Some were convinced that a mole within the C.I.A. had betrayed the United States. Others believed that the Chinese had hacked the covert system the C.I.A. used to communicate with its foreign sources. Years later, that debate remains unresolved.
But there was no disagreement about the damage. From the final weeks of 2010 through the end of 2012, according to former American officials, the Chinese killed at least a dozen of the C.I.A.’s sources. According to three of the officials, one was shot in front of his colleagues in the courtyard of a government building — a message to others who might have been working for the C.I.A.
Still others were put in jail. All told, the Chinese killed or imprisoned 18 to 20 of the C.I.A.’s sources in China, according to two former senior American officials, effectively unraveling a network that had taken years to build.
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