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Two Chinese intelligence officers were charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly trying to bribe a U.S. government official to provide information about an investigation into telecommunications firm Huawei, according to an indictment unsealed Monday.
The spies, Guochun He and Zheng Wang, thought they had recruited the U.S. official as an asset to steal confidential information about the prosecution of Huawei, but the official was actually working as a double agent for the FBI.
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"The defendants paid a bribe to the double agent to obtain non-public information, including files from the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District," FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Monday. "They did so in the hope of obtaining the prosecution's strategy memo, confidential information regarding witnesses, trial evidence, and potential new charges to be brought against the company."