Huang Momo allegedly passed state secrets to MI6 while running an unnamed foreign consulting firm
China said it had detained a foreign national who was allegedly collecting sensitive data on behalf of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). The United Kingdom has not yet commented on this allegation.
Beijing's Ministry of National Security, which oversees intelligence and counterintelligence, said on Monday that the British spy agency “Using third-country employees to spy against China.”
The ministry identified the alleged perpetrator as Huang Momo, who is said to head an external consulting agency, but did not provide any other personal details. MI6 recruited Huang in 2015 and set up a website “Intelligence cooperation relationship” With him, as the ministry claimed.
Since then, the alleged spy has traveled to China several times at the direction of British intelligence to collect state secrets and identify personnel for MI6. “Incitement to rebellion” Read the ministry's statement. She added that London also provided Huang with intelligence training in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, and provided him with special spy equipment.
The Ministry stated that it had done so “Find forensic evidence” Against the suspect and took “Criminal coercive measures” Adding that Huang provided the United Kingdom with more than ten state secrets.
While Western countries and China routinely trade accusations of espionage, several media outlets noted that this was the first time Beijing had claimed to have arrested a spy linked to Britain.
However, the ministry previously claimed to have arrested spies working for the United States. In August, on two separate occasions, it accused a government employee and an employee of a Chinese military industrial group of trying to hand over sensitive data to the CIA.
This came after CIA Director William Burns said in July that the United States had done so “Make progress” In recent years to ensure that it contains “Strong human intelligence capacity” In China. In response, Beijing pledged to do so “Take all necessary measures to protect national security.”
According to a 2017 New York Times investigation, the Chinese government busted a CIA spy ring in early 2010 and imprisoned or killed dozens of informants working for the United States. Beijing did not confirm or deny the report, but said it routinely deals with activities that endanger national security.
British intelligence service MI5 warned in October of the occurrence “Epic scale” Of Chinese espionage, saying that more than 20,000 people in the UK had been contacted by agents seeking various secrets. China has consistently denied its involvement in espionage against both the United States and the United Kingdom.
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