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Long-time FBI employee pleads guilty to acting as 'agent of China'



A long-time FBI employee has pleaded guilty to acting as an agent of the Chinese government. 

Kun Shan Chun, better known as Joey Chun, was arrested last March as part of an undercover operation, according to CNN. 

The 46-year-old, who had a top security clearance, appeared in a New York court Monday and confessed to providing "sensitive" information to someone with connections to the Chinese government. 

"Kun Shan Chun violated our nation's trust by exploiting his official U.S. Government position to provide restricted and sensitive FBI information to the Chinese Government," Assistant Attorney General Carlin said in a statement. 

Chun, who is a naturalized citizen originally from China, had worked for the FBI for 19 years. 

According to a complaint, detailed on the Justice Department's website, Chun met with a Chinese official in 2011 during a trip overseas and disclosed information about his work with the FBI. 

Chun also discussed sensitive information, even revealing the identity of an FBI special agent. In 2015, Chun sent official photos and documents explaining FBI surveillance technology. 

 Chun now faces up to 10 years in prison. 

In a statement, New York Southern District U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said, "Americans who act as unauthorized foreign agents commit a federal offense that betrays our nation and threatens our security." 

Chun will be sentenced on Dec. 2, according to CNN. 

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