Larry Wu-Tai Chin

 

Larry Wu-Tai Chin had been an intelligence officer in the CIA's Foreign Broadcast Information Service. During his career, he held a Top Secret clearance and had access to a wide range of intelligence information. 

Born in Peking, Chin was recruited by communist intelligence agents while a college student in the early 1940s. Later he became a naturalized US citizen, worked for the US Army Liaison Office in China in 1943, and joined the CIA in 1952. 

He provided the Chinese with many of the CIA's Top Secret reports on the Far East written over the past 20 years. 

Chin smuggled classified documents from his office and, between 1976 and 1982, gave photographs of these materials to Chinese couriers at frequent meetings in Toronto, Hong Kong and London. 

He met with Chinese agents in the Far East as recently as March 1985. Chin may have received as much as $1 million for his complicity. 

Chin retired at 1981 at 63. Four  years later on November 22, 1985 Chin was arrested o and accused of having carried out a 33-year career of espionage on behalf of the People's Republic of China.

He was indicted on 17 counts of espionage-related and income tax violations. At his trial which began on February 4, 1986, Chin admitted providing the Chinese with information over a period of 11 years, but for the purpose of reconciliation between China and the United States.

On February 8, 1986, Chin was convicted by a Federal jury on all counts. Sentencing had been set for March 17, 1986; however, on February 21, 1986 the former CIA  employee committed suicide in his cell. 

 

 

 

 

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