Two men suspected of being Chinese intelligence officers have been charged with attempting to obstruct a US criminal investigation and prosecution of Chinese tech giant Huawei, according to unsealed court documents. Phong on Monday.
Two men, Guochun He and Zheng Wang, are accused of trying to direct a US government insider they believe to be a co-executive to provide confidential information about the US Justice Department investigation, including including on witnesses, trial evidence and potential new charges. The Justice Department said one of the defendants paid about $61,000 for this information.
The person the men contacted began working as a double agent for the US government, and his connections to the defendants were monitored by the FBI. At one point last year, prosecutors say, the unnamed person passed the defendants a one-page document that appeared to be classified and contained information about a plan to charge and arrest the defendants. keep Huawei executives in the US.
But the document actually prepared by the government for prosecution purposes was sealed on Monday, and the information contained therein is inaccurate.
“The Department of Justice will not tolerate attempts by any foreign power to undermine the rule of law based on our democracy,” U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said at a meeting. newspaper.
Prosecutors also announced charges against four Chinese nationals in what they called a protracted intelligence campaign.
The lawsuit against He and Wang alleges they attempted to obtain confidential information regarding witnesses, trial evidence and any potential new charges the company may face. To do that, they allege that they tried to recruit someone from a US law enforcement agency who they thought would help them spy for China.
As of October 2021, He and Wang paid recruiters US$14,000 plus $600 in jewelry, in exchange for what they believed was confidential information about the Justice Department investigation and access to information. criminal charges against the company, the lawsuit said.