For the last two years, I’ve been posting about China’s practice of hiring private investigators (PIs) to advance their transnational repression campaigns against Chinese dissidents legally living in the United States.
Today, the New York Times reported on that same issue in an article titled, “Iran and China Use Private Detectives to Spy on dissidents in America.”
The reporters interviewed two PIs hired: one by the Chinese and one by Iranian intelligence services, respectively.
It sheds more light on how they were approached by the foreign spies and how the PIs interpreted what was being asked of them.
Were the PIs actually duped or willfully blind?
Previous IP Probe Blog Posts on the subject:
August 31, 2022: “NPR Report Highlights Tactics Used by Chinese Spies to Harrass Chinese Dissidents in the U.S.”
July 22, 2022: “Private Investigators Are Routinely Contacted by Chinese Ministry of State securty (MSS) to Do Their dirty Work–UPDATE”
June 15, 2022, “Private Investigators Are Routinely Contacted by Chinese Ministry of State Security (MSS) to Do Their Dirty Work”
November 2, 2020, “U.S Private Investigator—Former Law Enforcement Officer—Arrested for Conspiring with Chinese Foreign Agents in an Illegal Chinese “Fox Hunt” Operation”
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