CIA interviewing Chinese defector after China secretly tried to capture him on US soil

Ling Wangcheng (left) and his brother, Ling Jihua (right).

The defection of a Chinese national has the United States in possession of an “intelligence windfall” of information- including valuable data on Chinese nuclear warfare procedures.

According to the Washington Free Beacon, Ling Wangcheng, the brother of a former high-ranking Communist official, vanished from public eye last year within US Borders after his brother faced arrest in China on corruption charges.

Officials familiar with the defection said that Ling has been undergoing a debrief by FBI, CIA, and other intelligence officials since last fall at an undisclosed location in the United States.

Financial Times reports that the Chinese government has sent several teams of security officials and agents to the United States on official and covert missions over the past year (under the title Operation Fox Hunt) to try to secure Mr Ling’s return, prompting President Obama to issue a warning last August to the Chinese concerning the covert operations occurring within the US.

American officials reported that they had solid evidence that the Chinese agents — who are not in the United States on official government business, are likely  entering on tourist or trade visas and use extreme harassment tactics such as threatening family members to get fugitives to return to the Mainland, according to the NY Times. Though officials report such tactics are increasing in frequency and intensity, they declined to provide specific evidence of the activities of the Chinese agents.

The secrets Mr Ling has reportedly given to US investigators include details on Chinese procedures for launching nuclear weapons, the nuclear command and control system, security arrangements for the Zhongnanhai leadership compound in Beijing and information on the personal lives of Chinese officials, according to a Western intelligence official who received briefings in Washington.

Officials with the White House, FBI, CIA, and DHS have declined to comment on the case.

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