söndag, december 01, 2019

Kinesisk spionskandal skakar Australien

Just nu skakas Australien av en stor kinesisk spionskandal. 
En ung akademiker har hoppat av till australiska säkerhetstjänsten och bl a avslöjat intressanta fakta om hur Pekingregimen försöker infiltrera Australien (och andra grannländer) med inflytandeagenter. Liqiang har också överlämnat en lista med 17 sidor kinesiska agenter i Australien, Hongkong, Korea och Taiwan.

Australiska experter jämför avhoppet med de sovjetiska KGB-officerarna Petrovs avhopp och avslöjanden på 50-talet. Den gången väcktes politikerna abrupt till det kalla krigets verklighet. Vladimir och Jevdokia Petrov hade tidigare tjänstgjort på sovjetiska ambassaden i Stockholm och kunde därför avslöja en mängd sovjetiska agenter i Sverige... 

A Chinese intelligence defector has reportedly given the Australian government information about entire networks of Chinese undercover spies in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Australia, according to reports. The story of Wang “William” Liqiang, made headlines all over Australia during the weekend, culminating in an entire episode of 60 Minutes Australia about him airing on Sunday. The 26-year-old from China’s eastern Fujian province reportedly defected to Australia in October, while visiting his wife and newborn son, who live in Sydney. He is currently reported to be in a safe house belonging to the Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO).

Mr. Wang has provided the ASIO with a 17-page sworn statement, in which he details his work as an undercover intelligence officer. He is also said to have shared the identities of senior Chinese intelligence officers in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and to have explained how they organize and implement espionage operations on behalf of Bejing.

In a leading article published on Saturday, The Sydney Morning Herald referred to Mr. Wang as “the first Chinese operative to ever blow his cover” and claimed that he had given the ASIO “a trove of unprecedented inside intelligence” about Chinese espionage operations in Southeast Asia. The newspaper said that the defector had revealed details about entire networks of Chinese intelligence operatives in Taiwan and Hong Kong. He also reportedly provided identifying information about deep-cover Chinese intelligence networks in Australia.

Meanwhile, in an unrelated development, Australian media said yesterday that the ASIO was examining allegations that a Chinese espionage ring tried to recruit an Australian businessman of Chinese background and convince him to run for parliament. According to reports, the spy ring approached Nick Zhao, a successful luxury car dealer, and offered to fund his political campaign with nearly $700,000 (AUS$1 million) if he run as a candidate for the Liberal Party of Australia. Zhao reportedly told the ASIO about the incident last year, shortly before he was found dead in a Melbourne hotel room. His death remains under investigation.