The CIA in China

“To give our compromise context, the U.S. communications infrastructure was under siege. Once we understood this compromise several of the mysteries we encountered in our operations came sharply into focus. Our operational interests were known. The damage did not stop with the identification of our humint assets. It was a recipe for disaster. We had a catastrophic failure on our hands that would ensnare a great many of our sources.”

John Reidy — Letter to the CIA Inspector General’s Office (2010)

Between 2010 and 2012, the government of China arrested — and executed — several dozens CIA sources, crippling the Agency’s ability to collect information within the country. How did this happen and why are MSM silent on this story? Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today

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A joint CIA and FBI counterintelligence operation, codenamed “Honey Bear”, failed to determine the source of the agents’ compromises.

In January 2018, a former CIA officer named Jerry Chun Shing Lee was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport, on suspicion of helping dismantle the CIA’s network of informants in China. That story is a textbook case of “smoke and mirrors”.

Five intelligence officials have now confirmed my findings to Foreign Policy Magazine.

According to these current and former intelligence officials, the CIA  botched the communication system it used to interact with its sources.

Here is the list of the CIA Chief of Station in Beijing. Notice that no one takes credit for the job after 2009… Failure will always be an orphan

PS/ This story will take quite a bit of work. But I decided to post it as a draft for several reasons. After all, a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

CIA Chiefs of Station in Beijing

73-75- James Roderick Lilley

75-78- Christopher H. BALLOU

78-80- David D GRIES

80-81- Jack G DOWNING

81-84- Hugh E. “Ted” PRICE

84-86- Joseph R DE TRANI

86-89- Billy B. HUFF



94-95- Gerald J KOMISAR

1995 — Jack Downing NYT

95-97- Scott L HARRISON

97-99- Joseph R DE TRANI

99 -02- Stephen G HOLDER (Holder was forced to leave the country.)

2002-2004- Keith E RIGGIN

2005-2007 — John Mullen

2007 – 2009 — Mr. L (or Mr K?)

2009 — Randal Philipps

Mid 2009 – ??? —  Christopher Pockette

??? – Today — ???

China killed, jailed 18 to 20 CIA sources in 2 years

A US media report says China has QUOTE “systematically dismantled” CIA spying in the country since 2010.

China has reportedly dealt a serious blow to U-S spy agency, the CIA. Beijing is said to have killed or imprisoned nearly two dozen US spies between 2010 and 2012.

In a report, the New York Times quoted 10 American officials who described the intelligence breach as the worst in decades. The officials are unsure whether a mole within the CIA has leaked information to the Chinese or they themselves hacked into the data.

China is known to have a strong intelligence system, making it hard for foreign agents to operate in the country. The New York Times says former US President Barack Obama was critical of the sluggish flow of information from China

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The CIA in China

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