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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, October 9, 2020
Singaporean National Sentenced to 14 Months in Prison for Acting in the United States As an Illegal Agent of Chinese Intelligence
Jun Wei Yeo, also known as Dickson Yeo, was sentenced today in federal court to 14 months in prison. Yeo pled guilty on July 24, 2020 to acting within the United States as an illegal agent of a foreign power without first notifying the Attorney General, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 951. The announcement was made by John G. Demers, Assistant Attorney General; Michael R. Sherwin, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Columbia; James A. Dawson, Acting Assistant Director in Charge of FBI Washington Field Office; Alan E. Kohler, Jr., Assistant Director of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division; and Deputy Assistant Secretary Ricardo Colón, Domestic OperationsDeputy Assistant Secretary Ricardo Colón, Domestic Operations.
杨俊伟（Jun Wei Yeo，又名Dickson Yeo）今天在联邦法院被判处14个月监禁。 杨俊伟于2020年7月24日认罪，他在美国境内作为外国势力的非法代理人行事，而没有事先通知司法部长，这违反了《美国法典》第18编第951条。 宣布这一消息的是助理总检察长John G. Demers、哥伦比亚特区代理美国检察官Michael R. Sherwin、联邦调查局华盛顿分局办事处的代理助理主任James A. Dawson、联邦调查局反间谍司助理主任Alan E. Kohler和国内行动部副助理部长Ricardo Colón。
Yeo was sentenced by The Honorable Tanya S. Chutkan of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
杨俊伟由美国哥伦比亚地区法院的Tanya S. Chutkan 阁下判刑。
“At the direction of the Government of the People’s Republic of China, Yeo recruited Americans to provide information that he would pass back to his PRC handlers,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers. “Yeo concealed his PRC affiliation from his recruits and, contrary to law, from the United States Government. This criminal conduct is part of the PRC’s efforts to exploit the openness of American society by using agents who may appear innocuous, but who act upon taskings from a foreign government to obtain access and information.”
“在中华人民共和国政府的指示下，杨俊伟招募美国人为其提供信息，并将信息传回给他的中(共)国幕僚，”国家安全助理总检察长John C. Demers说： “杨俊伟向他的招募者隐瞒了他的中(共)国背景，并违反法律，向美国政府隐瞒了他的身份。 这种犯罪行为是中(共)国利用美国社会的开放性的一部分，他们利用看似无害的代理人，但他们根据外国政府的任务而采取行动，以获得访问权和信息。”
“This case serves as a reminder that China is using professional networking social media sites to target U.S. citizens with government security clearances, and to try to gain non-public and classified information. The threat is real, and we will prosecute foreign agents who exploit those platforms,” said Michael R. Sherwin, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Columbia.
“此案提醒我们，中(共)国正在利用职业网络社交媒体网站来锁定通过政府安全审查的美国公民，并试图获取非公开和机密信息。 这种威胁是真实存在的，我们将起诉利用这些平台的外国代理人”，哥伦比亚特区代理美国检察官Michael R. Sherwin。
“Today we are reminded yet again of the Chinese government’s aggressive attempts to gain knowledge and information about U.S. policy and government,” said James A. Dawson, Acting Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office. “The FBI’s warning is not new, but the message warrants repeating: the Chinese communist government is working to gain information and access by all means, including recruiting US-based individuals to provide classified and/or sensitive information. There is no doubt that if you are a former clearance holder, you are an ideal and vulnerable target because of your knowledge and access. If you believe you have been the target of a recruitment scheme, the FBI is here to help. We remain committed to rebuffing the Chinese government’s attempts, and to protecting the American people, our ideas, and our national and economic security interests.”
“今天，这再次提醒我们，中(共)国政府正用颇具侵略的意图来获取有关美国政策和美国政府的知识及信息”，联邦调查局华盛顿外地办事处代理助理主任James A. Dawson说，”这并不是FBI的首次警告，但这一信息值得重复：中(共)国政府正致力于通过各种手段获取信息和资料，包括招募美国境内的个人提供机密和/或敏感信息。毫无疑问，如果你是一个前通过政府安全审查的人，你就是一个理想且易受攻击的目标，因为你的知识和访问权。 如果你认为你已经成为招募计划的目标，联邦调查局可以帮到你。我们仍然致力于回击中(共)国政府的企图，并保护美国人民、我们的思想以及我们的国家和经济安全利益。”
“Jun Wei Yeo admittedly acted as an illegal agent of a foreign power by using various social media sites, such as a professional networking website and other social networking applications, to recruit Americans with access to sensitive government information. He identified their vulnerabilities, like dissatisfaction with work or financial difficulties, and offered money in exchange for information and written reports,” said Alan E. Kohler Jr., Assistant Director of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division. “This is a sobering reminder that the U.S. needs to be clear-eyed about the scope of the Chinese government’s ambition to manipulate Americans for their own nation’s advancement; and, confronting this threat remains the FBI’s top counterintelligence priority.”
“杨俊伟承认，他作为外国势力的非法代理人，利用各种社交媒体网站，如一个专业网络网站和其他社交网络应用，招募能够获取政府敏感信息的美国人。他找出他们的弱点，如对工作不满或经济困难，并以金钱换取信息和书面报告”。联邦调查局反间谍部门助理主任Alan E. Kohler Jr.说， “这是一个发人深省的警示，美国需要清醒地认识到中(共)国政府操纵美国人为自身国家发展的野心大小；而且，对抗这一威胁仍然是FBI反间谍工作的首要任务。”
“The close working relationship between the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service, the FBI, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office resulted in today’s sentencing of Mr.Yeo before he could potentially harm the security of our country,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary Ricardo Colón, Domestic Operations, U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service. “This was a great success by all of the agencies involved.”
As outlined in the Statement of Offense, Yeo began working with Chinese intelligence officers as early as 2015, initially targeting other Asian countries, but then focusing on the United States. In response to taskings from his Chinese intelligence contacts, Yeo worked to spot and assess Americans with access to valuable non-public information, including U.S. military and government employees with high-level security clearances. After Yeo identified American targets, he solicited them for non-public information and paid them to write reports. Yeo told these American targets that the reports were for clients in Asia, without revealing that they were in fact destined for the Chinese government.
正如犯罪陈述书中所概述的那样，杨俊伟早在2015年就开始与中(共)国情报人员合作，最初的目标是其他亚洲国家，但后来集中在美国。 依照他中(共)国情报联络人员下达的任务，杨俊伟努力发现和评估能够接触到有价值的非公开信息的美国人，包括拥有高级安全审查的美国军方和政府雇员。 在杨俊伟确定了美国目标人后，他向他们索要非公开信息，并付钱让他们写报告。 杨俊伟告诉这些美国目标人，这些报告是给亚洲客户的，而没有透露这些报告实际上是给中(共)国政府的。
Yeo made use of various social media sites to carry out the taskings given to him by Chinese intelligence operatives. In 2018, Yeo created a fake consulting company that used the same name as a prominent U.S. consulting firm that conducts public and government relations, and Yeo posted job advertisements under that company name. Ninety percent of the resumes Yeo received in response were from U.S. military and government personnel with security clearances, and he passed resumes of interest to one of the Chinese intelligence operatives.
杨俊伟利用各种社交媒体网站，来执行中(共)国情报人员交给他的任务。 2018年，杨俊伟创建了一家假的咨询公司，该公司与美国一家从事公共和政府关系的著名咨询公司使用相同的名称，杨俊伟以该公司的名义发布招聘广告。 在杨俊伟收到的简历中，90%的简历来自通过安全审查的美国军方和政府人员，同时他将感兴趣的简历交给了给其中一名中(共)国情报人员。
Yeo also used a professional networking website that is focused on career and employment information to carry out the taskings he received from Chinese intelligence officials. Yeo used the professional networking website to find individuals with resumes and job descriptions suggesting that they would have access to valuable information. After he identified individuals worth targeting, Yeo followed guidance he received from Chinese intelligence operatives regarding how to recruit potential targets, including identifying their vulnerabilities, such as dissatisfaction with work or financial difficulties.
杨俊伟还利用一个专注于职业和就业信息的专业社交网站，来执行中(共)国情报官员交给他的任务。 杨俊伟利用这个专业社交网站，通过简历和工作描述表明其可能获得有价值之信息来物色人。 在他确定了值得锁定的个人之后，杨俊伟按照中(共)国情报人员提供 关于如何招募潜在目标的指导包括确定他们的弱点，比如对工作不满或经济困难。
The investigation into this matter was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Washington Field Office and the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Thomas N. Saunders and Erik M. Kenerson of the National Security Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, along with David Aaron of the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section of the National Security Division of the Department of Justice. If you suspect you have been the target of a recruitment scheme, contact your local FBI Field Office.
对此事的调查是由联邦调查局华盛顿分局办事处和美国国务院外交安全局执行的。美国哥伦比亚特区检察官办公室国家安全科的助理检察官Thomas N. Saunders和Erik M. Kenerson，以及司法部国家安全司反间谍和出口管制科的David Aaron正对此案进行起诉。如果您怀疑自己是招募计划的目标，请与您当地联邦调查局分局办事处联系。
翻译:【文所未闻】 校对:【Prof. Bacteriophage】【GM31】 编辑：【GM31】