Death Sentence for Chinese Man
Thursday, April 21, 2016 @ 04:04 PM gHale
A Chinese man received a death sentence after Chinese officials discovered he was selling classified documents to an unidentified foreign intelligence agency.
Between 2002 and 2004, Huang Yu, 48, worked as a computer technician for a governmental research institute in China’s Sichuan Province, according to Shanghai Daily reports citing a China Central Television (CCTV) news broadcast.
In 2004, Huang ended up terminated from his position for poor performance.
Following his dismissal, Huang decided to contact a foreign intelligence agency via the Internet and offered to sell classified documents he obtained from his former workplace and had copies of at home.
Huang then met with foreign agents over 21 times and transmitted over 150,000 classified documents that contained information about a cipher system developed at the research institute he worked for, but also about China’s Communist Party leadership and the country’s military and financial operations.
Huang collaborated with the agency until 2011, and he received $10,000 as an initial fee and then a monthly salary of $5,000. During his partnership and up until his arrest, Huang earned over $700,000.
At one point, after seeing his collection of stolen files deplete, Huang enlisted his wife and brother-in-law to help exfiltrate new files, according to the report. Huang’s wife had a job at a similar research institute while his brother-in-law was an employee at the same institute where Huang also worked in the past.
Authorities got suspicious of Huang following numerous trips outside China to meet with the agents and after he amassed a huge wealth without any form of employment.
Huang ended up arrested in 2011, and no details about his trial have ever released. CCTV said he was sentenced to death, but did not mention if the sentence was carried out.
Huang’s wife also received a five-year prison sentence while his brother-in-law got three years in prison. Twenty-nine of Huang’s former colleagues also received punishments, which CCTV did not elaborate on.