Chinese Intelligence Officer Bribed $61,000 In Bitcoin To Collect US Secret Documents
The US Department of Justice has found that two Chinese intelligence officers obstructed the US investigation into the Chinese-run company by bribing $61,000 in Bitcoin to obtain confidential documents about the investigation.
On October 25, the US Department of Justice announced that it had successfully conducted a counterintelligence operation, discovering that two Chinese intelligence officers obstructed US investigations into the Chinese-controlled company.
Accordingly, the two agents bribed a US intelligence agent $61,000 BTC to collect classified documents about an investigation into a Chinese global telecommunications company, but were not named. In fact, the American employee was actually a spy installed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to uncover the case.
Notably, the Chinese side made a bribe in the form of the Bitcoin (BTC) cryptocurrency. Specifically, in November 2021, two Chinese officers transferred $41,000 in BTC to American spies to steal confidential documents related to the investigation. Next, in October 2022, they continued to send another $20,000 in Bitcoin to buy the loyalty of the above spy.
After collecting enough evidence, the US Department of Justice sent the case to the Eastern District Court of New York for processing. Two Chinese intelligence officers have been charged with obstructing a criminal investigation, as well as two counts of money laundering through two bribes. The defendant is said to be living in China.
The above incident will likely make politicians have a bad impression of cryptocurrencies and there may be strict regulations to avoid easy crime through cryptocurrencies.
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