Why Do Chinese Spies Keep Getting Sweetheart Deals?

Article originally appeared on www.frontpagemag.com.

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Lately, there has been a rash of cases in which people in the military and intelligence community were caught spying for Communist China and handing over significant information to the enemy.

And then got slaps on the wrist.

A U.S. Navy service member was sentenced today to 27 months in prison and ordered to pay a $5,500 fine for transmitting sensitive U.S. military information to an intelligence officer from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in exchange for bribery payments. According to court documents, Petty Officer Wenheng Zhao, 26, aka Thomas Zhao, of Monterey Park, California, pleaded guilty in October 2023 to one count of conspiring with the intelligence officer and one count of receiving a bribe.

27 months in prison and a fine smaller than the bribes he got from China.

But in the past, there had been arguments that plea deals had to be cut …

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