The news is out: [A New York Police Department (NYPD) officer on Monday was charged with spying on Tibetan New Yorkers for the Chinese government.
A criminal complaint accuses Baimadajie Angwang, 33, of acting as an illegal agent “at the direction and control” of Chinese government officials at the consulate in New York. The officials allegedly directed the officer to monitor the activities of ethnic Tibetans in New York and assess potential ethnic Tibetan intelligence sources.
The complaint also accuses the officer of using his position at the police department to allow officials at the consulate to connect with NYPD leaders. Angwang served as a community affairs officer in the 11th Precinct in Queens and also as a staff sergeant of the U.S. Army Reserves at Fort Dix in New Jersey.
“None of these activities falls within the scope of Angwang’s official duties and responsibilities with either the NYPD or the USAR,” the complaint said.
Angwang, an ethnic Tibetan native of China, had communicated with a Chinese official at the consulate as early as 2014 before connecting in 2018 with another official who he referred to as “Boss.”]
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