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NPR Report Highlights Tactics Used by Chinese Spies to Harrass Chinese Dissidents in the U.S.

Two days ago, National Public Radio (NPR) posted a 6-minute audio report titled, “Espionage case involves a giant sculpture, a fake art patron and a Chinese spying ring on U.S. soil.”

The harassment of the Chinese dissident profiled in the above report is partially a result of the assistance American private investigators (PIs) provided the Chinese spy service for a fee.

DOJ July 2022 — INDICTMENT

According to the NPR report, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) reported that the Chinese paid the PIs and others $3 million to spy on dissidents.

Cited in the NPR report were the two DOJ charging announcements in March and July of this year, respectively.

Although the NPR segment does not specifically mention the role PIs played, we know from DOJ court filings that certain identified PIs were among those that helped the Chinese spy service.

If you’re interested in more details about this case and/or the overall issue of how Chinese spy services make use of PIs to do their dirty work, please visit my July 22, 2022, IP PROBE BLOG post titled, “Private Investigators Are Routinely Contacted by Chinese Ministry of State Security (MSS) to Do Their Dirty Work—UPDATE”

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Ron Alvarez is an IP investigations and protection consultant and writer in New York City. He is a former NYPD lieutenant where he investigated robbery, narcotics, internal affairs, and fine art theft cases. Ron has since coordinated the private investigation of international fraud and money laundering cases, as well as IP-related investigations and research involving the four pillars of IP: copyright, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. Ron is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and earned a B.A. in Government and Public Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. He has written a number of articles for various investigative publications, as well as published "The World of Intellectual Property (IP) Protection and Investigations" in November 2021.

1 comment on “NPR Report Highlights Tactics Used by Chinese Spies to Harrass Chinese Dissidents in the U.S.

  1. THOMAS MANLEY

    THANK YOU RONALD
    The NPR story about the indictment is fascinating
    It is amazing intersection of art, political ideology and international spying.
    It has all the makings of a movie.
    I wish you every success with your newest book PILGRIMAGE TO RUIN
    Peace Out
    Tom Manley

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