Chinese arrest suspect CIA spy

A CHINESE state security official has been arrested on suspicion of spying for America, sources said, a case both countries have kept quiet for several months.

The official, an aide to a vice minister in China’s security ministry, was arrested and detained early this year on allegations that he had passed information to the United States for several years on China’s overseas espionage activities.

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The aide had been recruited by the CIA and provided “political, economic and strategic intelligence”, one source said.

The case could represent China’s worst known breach of state intelligence in two decades, observers claimed.