Duan caught on surveillance.
A 37-year-old taxi driver from Kaifeng, Henan Province has been arrested on suspicion of spying and selling confidential military information to foreign intelligence agencies, local news reports said on Monday.
The suspect, surnamed Duan, had a criminal record for theft. After he was freed from jail, he wasn’t able to find a stable job, so he occasionally worked night shifts as a taxi driver.
Records show Duan and Wang’s exchanges on QQ.
In July 2013, Duan was searching for jobs online when he was contacted by a foreign intelligence agent, identified as Wang, via QQ messenger.
Duan was soon after hired to monitor the moments of military aircraft and vehicles at a Kaifeng military base and keep notes of what he saw. He would then send the information to Wang in e-mails.
Duan, who received training through the internet, reportedly earned more than 40,000 yuan in total by the time he was apprehended.
Surveillance footage showed that he often wore a face mask and a cap to disguise his identity when withdrawing his payment from ATMs in the wee hours of the morning.
Duan disguises himself to withdraw money at an ATM booth.
Duan was arrested in July 2014 after a national security agency in Henan found evidence suggesting he had sent sketches and information about military information to foreign agents. Duan has confessed, according to ifeng News. It remains unclear for which country or countries the foreign agent was acting.
This was the first espionage case disclosed by Henan authorities, according to national security officers, who fear that the information collected by Duan may have exposed the army’s combat capacity and troop movements.
The nation security agency warned that foreign intelligence agents have shown an increasing tendency to recruit young internet users to collect military intelligence.
Watch the investigation here:
By Lucy Liu
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