China’s Secret War for U.S. Data Blew American Spies’ Cover

Foreign Policy (12/21/2020)
  • In 2010, China’s leadership was infuriated after discovering the CIA was leveraging its systemically corrupt pay-for-promotion government bureaucracy to secure spies among the top ranks.
  • In China, many government officials pay their superiors “promotion fees” to get promoted.
  • The CIA leveraged this corruption by paying top Chinese government assets up to $1M/yr to rise and spy.
  • To counter-attack (2010-2012), Chinese intelligence exploited a flaw in the CIA’s online system to jail/execute dozens of corrupt Chinese officials and track undercover CIA staff worldwide.