On Monday, the DOJ revealed that the People’s Republic of China and the Chinese Communist Party, working under the umbrella of the Chinese Ministry of Public Safety (MPS) had established a brick-and-mortar secret police station in New York.
Three major criminal complaints related to this investigation were presented during a press conference on Monday afternoon in New York City. As reported by RSBN, two men were arrested in New York for their alleged role in carrying out “transnational repression activities” on U.S. soil.
“The MPS offers who have been charged today are not focused on preventing crime, rather the complaints charge these MPS officers with engaging in transnational repression, schemes, targeting members of the Chinese disparate community and elsewhere in the United States,” U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Breon Peace, stated during the presser.
Chinese operatives reportedly carried out the bidding of the MPS on U.S. soil from a “non-descript” building in Chinatown in New York, which acted as a secret police station for these alleged foreign spies.
According to The New York Times, the alleged Chinese spies were Lu Jianwang and Chen Jinping. Per the outlet, Lu is a U.S. citizen, but Chen’s citizenship status is unclear. The arrest of these defendants was the first complaint presented on Monday.
A second complaint took aim at a Chinese task force, “The 912 Special Project Working Group” that targeted Chinese dissidents around the world, including in the U.S., by waging war online. Peace described the alleged actions of the task force as the creation of an “Internet troll farm” that created thousands of fake online personas to harass, disparage, and threaten dissidents across the globe who were critical of the iron-fisted tyranny of the PRC and the CCP.
He noted that these fake personas allegedly spread disinformation, suppressed conversation online, and censored content on subjects related to issues like the U.S. election processes, the origins of Covid, and multiple conspiracy theories.
“Today’s charges send a crystal clear response to the PRC that we are onto you, we know what you are doing and we will stop it from happening in the United States of America,” Peace concluded.
Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for national security David Newman further explained the third complaint, which looked at the actions of the Chinese operatives in the U.S. that allegedly “suspended and canceled user accounts critical of the PRC,” and “interfered” with virtual meetings on the Internet that were critical of communist ideology and policy.
Michael Driscoll, the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI New York Field Office, added that “this case is a further example of the audacious activities that the government of China has carried out on American soil.”
Driscoll even highlighted a chilling instance where officers, who were working under the supervision of the MPS, were directed to hunt down a Chinese dissident living in California.
34 MPS officers have been charged in this case.