FBI created job for suspected spy Jerry Lee to lure him to U.S.
” SHARE Share Tweet Email Print The suspected betrayal of U.S. informants in China by a former CIA officer is ‘one of the biggest losses and intelligence failures in modern history,’ a former counterintelligence official told NBC News. ‘There was a period of time when reporting to the U.S. intelligence community out of China dried up almost completely, and you don’t rebuild that base of information overnight,’ said Frank Figliuzzi, who was an FBI assistant director in 2011 and 2012. That assessment comes a day after the Justice Department announced the arrest of former American spy Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 53, for illegal possession of classified information — including the real names of other CIA operatives. Lee, a naturalized U.S. citizen who served in the Army and worked for the CIA for 13 years, is suspected of funneling information to China that caused the deaths or imprisonment of approximately 20 American agents, sources familiar with the case said.”