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USAR NYPDThe New York Police Department has a black eye, a bad cop, but you will not hear any Democrat decrying his actions, nor will any Soros-funded group demonstrate before cooperative cameras. This bad cop is allegedly a rat of the dirtiest sort, a spy for the Chinese Communist Party. It gets worse. This apparent pile of low-grade excrement is reportedly also a U.S. Army reservist and an NYPD Police Benevolent Association photograph shows him with sergeant stripes in a Marine Corps uniform. Baimadajie Angwang, a 33-year-old naturalized citizen and ethnic Tibetan, was specially recruited to report on the Tibetan community.

The New York Post has the story with the Marine Corps photograph, although there is no mention of Angwang’s time in the Marines.

NYPD cop charged with serving as secret agent of Chinese government

Baimadajie Angwang, who works a community affairs officer in the 111th Precinct in Queens, allegedly began acting on behalf of the People’s Republic of China in May 2018 after being recruited by an unidentified “handler” stationed in the Chinese consulate in Manhattan, according to a complaint unsealed in Brooklyn federal court.

Angwang, 33, allegedly “served as an intelligence asset” whose duties included gathering information on potential opponents of the Chinese government, including members of “religious and ethnic minorities.”

It is not unusual for Marines to transition to the Army Reserve, seeking more and easier opportunities to advance in the much larger service. So, some Army commander and the top sergeant has a huge headache today, going all the way up to the three-star general who leads the Army Reserve. That position was filled this summer for the first time by a woman, Lieutenant General Jody J. Daniels. Her background is in Military Intelligence, so she must be having an especially special day among all the senior leaders in the Army and Department of Defense.

Here are all the official ugly details, courtesy of the Department of Justice [emphasis added]:

Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs
Monday, September 21, 2020
New York City Police Department Officer Charged with Acting As an Illegal Agent of the People’s Republic of China

The Defendant Reported to Officials with the PRC Consulate About the Activities of Chinese Citizens in the New York Area and Assessed Potential Intelligence Sources for the PRC Within the Tibetan Community in New York and Elsewhere

A criminal complaint was unsealed today in federal court in the Eastern District of New York charging Baimadajie Angwang, 33, a New York City Police Department officer and United States Army reservist, with acting as an illegal agent of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as well as committing wire fraud, making false statements and obstructing an official proceeding.  Angwang was arrested earlier today in Williston Park, New York, and his initial appearance is scheduled for this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Peggy Kuo at the United States Courthouse in Brooklyn, New York.

State and local officials should be aware that they are not immune to the threat of Chinese espionage,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers. “According to the allegations, the Chinese government recruited and directed a U.S. citizen and member of our nation’s largest law enforcement department to further its intelligence gathering and repression of Chinese abroad. Our police departments provide for our public safety and are often the first line of defense against the national security threats our country faces. We will continue to work with our state and local partners to protect our nation’s great police departments.”

“The defendant is charged with violating his sworn oath as a New York City police officer to protect and serve the citizens of New York by instead reporting to PRC government officials about the activities of Chinese citizens in the New York area and developing intelligence sources within the Tibetan community in the United States,” stated Acting United States Attorney Seth D. DuCharme. “Today’s arrest shows that no one – especially one sworn to uphold the law – is immune from prosecution for illegal acts on behalf of foreign governments.”

“The defendant allegedly violated the trust of his community and the New York City Police Department on behalf of a foreign power, the People’s Republic of China. This type of conduct simply cannot be tolerated,” said Alan E. Kohler, Jr., Assistant Director of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division. “This case serves as yet another reminder that China represents the biggest counterintelligence threat to the United States and that the FBI and our partners will be aggressive in investigating and stopping such activities within our nation.

This is the definition of an insider threat – as alleged, Angwang operated on behalf of a foreign government; lied to gain his clearance, and used his position as an NYPD police officer to aid the Chinese government’s subversive and illegal attempts to recruit intelligence sources,” stated FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office William F. Sweeney. “The FBI is committed to stopping hostile foreign governments from infiltrating our institutions, and we will we not tolerate the behavior of those who willingly violate their oath to the United States, and covertly work against their fellow citizens. We want to thank the NYPD for its extraordinary partnership on this investigation.

“As alleged in this federal complaint, Baimadajie Angwang violated every oath he took in this country. One to the United States, another to the U.S. Army, and a third to this Police Department,” stated NYPD Commissioner Dermot F. Shea. “From the earliest stages of this investigation, the NYPD’s Intelligence and Internal Affairs bureaus worked closely with the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division to make sure this individual would be brought to justice.

According to the publicly filed complaint and detention memorandum, Angwang, an ethnic Tibetan native of the PRC and naturalized U.S. citizen who resides in Williston Park, New York, is assigned to NYPD’s community affairs unit where, among other things, he serves as a liaison to the community served by the 111th Precinct.

Since at least 2014, Angwang acted at the direction and control of officials at the PRC Consulate in New York City. Specifically, Angwang reported on the activities of Chinese citizens in the New York area, spotted and assessed potential intelligence sources within the Tibetan community in New York and elsewhere, and provided PRC officials with access to senior NYPD officials through invitations to official events.  One of the PRC Consular officials at whose direction Angwang acted worked for the “China Association for Preservation and Development of Tibetan Culture,” a division of the PRC’s United Front Work Department. This Department is responsible for, among other things, neutralizing potential opponents of the PRC and co-opting ethnic Chinese individuals living outside the PRC.

According to court documents, Angwang was explicit about his motivations, telling his PRC official handler that was wanted to get promoted within the NYPD so that he could assist the PRC and bring “glory to China.” In addition, Angwang told his handler that the handler’s superiors in Beijing “should be happy . . . because you have stretched your reach into the police.”

In addition to acting as an illegal agent of the PRC, Angwang is also charged with committing wire fraud, making material false statements and obstructing an official proceeding. As part of his employment with the U.S. Army Reserve, Angwang maintained a “SECRET”-level security clearance. According to court documents, in 2019, Angwang completed and electronically submitted an SF-86C form for a background investigation. On the form, Angwang lied by denying that he had contacts with a foreign government or its consulate and by denying that he had close and continuing contacts with foreign nationals, including his family members who live in the PRC, some of whom were affiliated with the People’s Liberation Army.

The charges in the complaint are merely allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted, Angwang faces a maximum sentence of 55 years’ imprisonment.

The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s National Security and Cybercrime Section. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael T. Keilty is in charge of the prosecution, with assistance from Trial Attorney Scott A. Claffee of the National Security Division’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section.
Attachment(s):
Download angwang_complaint.pdf
Press Release Number:
20-974

The complaint has four counts:

  • Acting as an Agent of a Foreign Government Without Prior Notification to the Attorney General
  • Wire Fraud
  • False Statements
  • Obstruction of an Official Proceeding
Published in Foreign Policy
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  1. Rodin Member

    (Sigh)

    • #1
    • September 21, 2020, at 4:22 PM PDT
    • 5 likes
  2. Dotorimuk Coolidge

    I support capital punishment for espionage.

    • #2
    • September 21, 2020, at 4:43 PM PDT
    • 2 likes
  3. WI Con Member
    WI Con Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    It’s pretty shocking how brazen the Chi-Coms have become but even more surpri6that this spying is occurring at the municipal/police level vs. the national/federal level.

    How deep and wide is the Chi-Com infiltration?

    • #3
    • September 21, 2020, at 5:25 PM PDT
    • 7 likes
  4. Barfly Member

    Dotorimuk (View Comment):

    I support capital punishment for espionage.

    Careful. We do it too.

    • #4
    • September 21, 2020, at 5:44 PM PDT
    • 3 likes
  5. Barfly Member

    WI Con (View Comment):

    It’s pretty shocking how brazen the Chi-Coms have become but even more surpri6that this spying is occurring at the municipal/police level vs. the national/federal level.

    How deep and wide is the Chi-Com infiltration?

    Probably all the big city police departments. I’ve been trying, too, to place the scale of CCP spying in context, relative to what the USSR did here and in Europe. I get the feeling it’s more pervasive this time. 

    If one wants to infiltrate a society, that is a network task. One would enter the biggest nodes first, like the major metro paramilitaries cough, because that’s the best payoff. Working further down the network thru all the veins and capillaries is hugely expensive, but not really necessary.

    • #5
    • September 21, 2020, at 5:51 PM PDT
    • 4 likes
  6. ctlaw Coolidge

    Docket:

    https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/18457858/united-states-v-angwang/?filed_after=&filed_before=&entry_gte=&entry_lte=&order_by=desc

    For now nothing much more than the complaint.

    • #6
    • September 21, 2020, at 6:19 PM PDT
    • 2 likes
  7. The Reticulator Member

    WI Con (View Comment):

    It’s pretty shocking how brazen the Chi-Coms have become but even more surpri6that this spying is occurring at the municipal/police level vs. the national/federal level.

    How deep and wide is the Chi-Com infiltration?

    Yes.

    • #7
    • September 21, 2020, at 7:26 PM PDT
    • 2 likes
  8. Stad Thatcher

    I’m glad we’re looking for spies and nabbing these people.

    • #8
    • September 22, 2020, at 6:34 AM PDT
    • 1 like
  9. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHill Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    It’s obvious that you people are just a bunch of xenophobic racists. And capitalist running dogs. 

    • #9
    • September 22, 2020, at 7:21 AM PDT
    • 3 likes
  10. Front Seat Cat Member

    It’s sad when you have military and law enforcement falling into these pits. It’s getting to the point where everyone is suspicious of everyone. They knew to pinpoint this guy because of his credentials. I feel like I live on high alert 24/7……….

    • #10
    • September 22, 2020, at 7:48 AM PDT
    • 1 like
  11. Barfly Member

    EJHill (View Comment):

    It’s obvious that you people are just a bunch of xenophobic racists. And capitalist running dogs.

    I take issue with that characterization. I am a capitalist porch dog, I’ll have you know, and the only thing I’m racing after today is Xeno, that supercilious squirrel who chatters at me when I just want to lounge in the shade. I’ll get him this time.

    • #11
    • September 22, 2020, at 10:22 AM PDT
    • 4 likes
  12. JimGoneWild Coolidge

    Oops! I thought I was reading Hillary Clinton’s rap sheet.

    • #12
    • September 24, 2020, at 6:16 AM PDT
    • 1 like
  13. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown

    JimGoneWild (View Comment):

    Oops! I thought I was reading Hillary Clinton’s rap sheet.

    Heh!

    • #13
    • September 24, 2020, at 10:53 PM PDT
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