CIA officer busted: Apparently only elite politicians can steal secrets

Screenshot 2018-01-17 at 08.08.01It looks like only the political elite can traffic in classified material without fear of criminal charges.

A former CIA officer has been arrested and charged with illegally retaining classified records, including names and phone numbers of covert CIA assets.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 53, was arrested night after arriving at JFK International Airport. He made an initial appearance in federal court in New York, but will face charges in northern Virginia, where the CIA is located.

According to court documents, Lee, a Hong Kong resident, served in the CIA from 1994 to 2007 as a case officer. He worked in a variety of overseas offices and was trained in surveillance detection, recruiting and handling assets and classified material, among other things.

Lee was caught with Secret and Top Secret documents. Lee was interviewed five times by FBI agents in 2013, but never disclosed that he possessed the documents.

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