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China killed multiple CIA sources

21 May 2017

The Chinese government systematically dismantled USA spying operations in the country since 2010 in the worst intelligence breach in decades, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

The problem began to emerge in 2010, when the USA intelligence agency began receiving high quality information about the Chinese government from sources deep inside the government.

The number of USA lost in China rivaled those lost in the Soviet Union and Russian Federation during the betrayals of both Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen, who for years leaked details of us intelligence to Moscow, the Times reported.

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It said that even now intelligence officials are unsure whether the U.S. was betrayed by a mole within the CIA or whether the Chinese hacked a covert system used by the CIA to communicate with foreign sources.

The report published Saturday says USA intelligence and law enforcement agencies scrambled to stem the damage, but were bitterly divided over the cause of the breach. From the final weeks of 2010 through the end of 2012, according to former USA officials, the Chinese killed at least a dozen of the CIA's sources. The number of United States assets lost in China, officials said, rivaled those lost in the Soviet Union and Russian Federation during the betrayals of both Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen, formerly of the CIA and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who divulged intelligence operations to Moscow for years. USA intelligence placed the responsibility for a cyber attack on a database of personnel management associated with the Beijing hackers.

The blow triggered a joint investigation by the Central Intelligence Agency and FBI, code named "Honey Badger", in the north of the U.S. state of Virginia. They spoke on condition of anonymity.

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The Chinese activities began to emerge in 2010, when the USA spy agency had been getting high quality information about the Chinese government from sources deep inside the bureaucracy, four former officials told the Times. An intelligence gathering network of the scope the CIA had developed in China takes years to build, and the program has been negatively impacted for some time to come, the article stated.

In 2012, an official at China's Security Ministry was arrested on suspicion of spying for the US.

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China killed multiple CIA sources