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Former CIA Agent Arrested For Possession Of Top-Secret Documents

Former CIA Agent Arrested For Hiding Classified Information
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Jan. 16 2018, Published 10:44 p.m. ET

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A former CIA agent was arrested for possession of classified information in the form of a notebook that “contained true names and phone numbers of assets and covert CIA employees, as well as the addresses of CIA facilities,” court documents obtained by revealed.

Jerry Chun Shing Lee, also knows as Zhen Cheng Li, was charged with a criminal offense of "Unlawful retention of national defense information."

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The top-secret information may have been connected to “mysterious killings of American operatives,” according to Newsweek.

The Justice Department announced he was arrested on January 15, 2018 at JFK Airport in New York after an investigation that began in 2012.

Lee, 53, was a naturalized U.S. citizen who began working for the CIA in 1994, where he had security clearance and signed a life time binding NDA, according to documents obtained by His security clearance was terminated in 2007 when he left the CIA and moved to Hong Kong.

In August of 2012 he left Hong Kong and went to live in northern Virginia — during this time he had a layover in Honolulu, Hawaii for several days. Between August 11 and 14, 2012 surveillance teams observed him staying at a hotel where they determined he was in possession of notebooks, one 49-page datebook and another 21-page address book, that were “unauthorized possession of materials relating to the national defense."

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"The datebook contained handwritten information pertaining to, but not limited to, operational notes from asset meetings, operational meeting locations, operational phone numbers, true names of assets, and covert facilities,” court documents stated.

"The address book contained approximately twenty-one pages. The address book contained true names and phone numbers of assets and covert CIA employees, as well as the addresses of CIA facilities."

According to the court documents obtained by, Lee’s charges included: "Having unauthorized possession of, access to, or control over any document, writing or note relating to the national defense, ... willfully retains the same and fails to deliver it to the officer or employee of the United States entitled to receive it...shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years or both."

Lee was interviewed by the FBI five times between May and June 2013. He had been a person of interest for years, but was just arrested in 2018.

Newsweek reported that the CIA was searching for a “mole” that could have been helping Chinese intelligence officials after numerous U.S. “assets” in China disappeared. Lee was not charged with aiding the Chinese government.

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