(JustPatriots.com)- An officer from the New York City Police Department was arrested Monday for his role in spying for the Chinese Communist Party.
According to a Department of Justice press release, Baimadajie Angwang, 33, was arrested for his role in spying on New York’s Tibetan community. The officer was serving in Queens as a community affairs officer. He’s also a reservist with the U.S. Army.
Angwang is a naturalized American citizen and is a native of Tibet. The charges levied against him include issuing multiple false statements, wire fraud, and acting as an illegal foreign agent for the Chinese Communist Party.
Some of the top officials within the DOJ warned that China can initiate covert operations even in U.S. law enforcement agencies on the local level.
John Demers, the assistant attorney general for National Security, said:
“State and local officials should be aware that they are not immune to the threat of Chinese espionage. According to the allegations, the Chinese government recruited and directed a U.S. citizen and member of our nation’s largest law enforcement department to further its intelligence gathering and repression of Chinese abroad.”
The DOJ press released said that Angwang was monitoring the activity of Tibetans who were living in New York. He did this on a regular basis and then talked with officials at the Chinese consulate about it.
They then worked to identify any political opponents of the regime of Xi Jingping, the chairman of the Central Military Commission and general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party. Once identified, Angwang would work to suppress these people in the United States.
Even worse, Angwang is said to have given officials with the Chinese consulate various access to high-ranking officers within the New York Police Department through programming and events.
The DOJ said Angwang spied on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party to bring “glory to China.” The DOJ says he has been in regular contact with at least two Chinese officials at the country’s consulate in New York since 2018. On more than one occasion, he referred to these officials as “boss.”
If convicted fully, Angwang could face up to 55 years in prison for his crimes. He is currently suspended from the police department.
Angwang first joined the NYPD back in 2016. He was even once honored with the “Cop of the Month” award.
He served in the U.S. Marines in Afghanistan back in 2013. He has served as a staff sergeant since 2014 in the U.S. Army Reserve at Fort Dix. Prosecutors have said that through that position, he received national security clearance, which gave him access to various classified information.
Angwang is just the latest American who has been arrested in connection with spying or stealing U.S. information and sending it to China. As the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division’s assistant director, Alan E. Kohler Jr., said:
“This case serves as yet another reminder that China represents the biggest counterintelligence threat to the United States and that the FBI and our partners will be aggressive in investigating and stopping such activities within our nation.”