NYPD officer accused of spying, arrested for allegedly acting as agent of China

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Accusations include
Trying to help make connection between PRC officials and NYPD members by trying to get PRC members to be allowed at NYPD events.
Also monitoring and reporting on actions of people from Tibet in the USA to try and help the PRC crack down on opposition
Wire Fraud
Making false statements
Trying to obstruct official proceedings
Offering non public info on NYPD internal workings to the PRC
Trying to develop an informant network within the Tibetan community in the USA.


FBI Assistant Director of New York William Sweeney Jr. released a statement on Angwang:

"This is the definition of an insider threat - as alleged, Mr. Angwang operated on behalf of a foreign government; lied to gain his clearance, and used his position as an NYPD police officer to aid the Chinese government's subversive and illegal attempts to recruit intelligence sources. The FBI is committed to stopping hostile foreign governments from infiltrating our institutions, and we will not tolerate the behavior of those who willingly violate their oath to the United States, and covertly work against their fellow citizens. We want to thank the NYPD for its extraordinary partnership on this investigation."
 

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How big is the Tibetan community in NY?

This seems like a whole bunch of effort spent for not many people. But maybe I'm underestimating something here
 

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How big is the Tibetan community in NY?

This seems like a whole bunch of effort spent for not many people. But maybe I'm underestimating something here
You are underestimating the PRC's raging hate boner for Tibet. Or rather, the PRC wants everyone to forget that Tibet was once a free country and start buying into the idea that it was always a part of China. This is sort of hard since most of the rest of the world remembers the invasion of Tibet and expats and refugees from Tibet tend to be very vocal about China's illegal occupation of Tibet. The sooner the world forgets that Tibet is in fact an unlawfully occupied country, the sooner the PRC can start their ethnic cleansing (that last part is my speculation, but is totally in line with how the PRC does these things, ask the Uigurs).
 

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How big is the Tibetan community in NY?
It's not about how many there are, or how influential they may be. It's about the Chinese Communist Party's mania for control.

If we've learnt anything in the last few years, it's that the CCP thinks it has the right to tell other countries and their citizens how they should think and talk about China.
 
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Really hoped this would be funnier, but this is honestly very normal spy shit. Kinda sad.
 
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Agema

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I thought this was particularly hilarious:

'One PRC official is believed to have been assigned to the "China Association for Preservation and Development of Tibetan Culture,"'

This I'm guessing is the Tibetan culture which is to be a) preserved as museum curios and b) developed into non-existence through homoegeneity with the Han majority.
 

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Sorta surprised they aren't more "Well, what about the US and Hawaii?" about Tibet. Not that I'm saying it's a good justification, just one I'd expect to come up.