- Chinatown's own clandestine police station exposed
- Two New Yorkers arrested for aiding Chinese government
- Intimidation tactics targeting political opponents in the US
In a bizarre, almost cinematic turn of events, two New Yorkers found themselves in hot water after allegedly running a Chinese "secret police station" in Manhattan's bustling Chinatown. Brooklyn's head federal prosecutor spilled the beans in a recent statement.
Two suspects, Liu Jianwang and Chen Jinping, are facing charges like conspiring to act as agents of China's government without informing US authorities and obstructing justice. They're set to appear in a Brooklyn federal court, making for a dramatic showdown.
These charges come at a time when the Department of Justice is all about investigating what they call "transnational repression" by countries like China and Iran, aiming to intimidate political opponents living in the US. Things are getting real, folks.
The top federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, Breon Peace, said, "This prosecution reveals the Chinese government's flagrant violation of our nation's sovereignty by establishing a secret police station in the middle of New York City." You can't make this stuff up.
The accused duo reportedly tried to persuade a person considered a fugitive by China to return home, and even helped locate a pro-democracy activist living in California. After learning they were under investigation, they admitted to the FBI that they deleted their communications with a Chinese government official. This wild tale is just one of many involving surveillance and harassment campaigns against dissidents living in the United States.
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