The San Francisco guide is accused of being a Chinese spy after delivering & # 39; digital maps with classified national safety information & # 39; left the $ 20,000 cash in hotel rooms at the Beijing State Security Ministry and & # 39;
- Xuehua & # 39; Edward & # 39; Peng, 56, was arrested Friday and faces a maximum sentence of 10 years and a $ 250,000 fine for acting as a Chinese spy
- The complaint claims that he took four SD cards from hotel rooms between 2015 and 2018 and traveled to Beijing shortly afterwards
- He also left $ 20,000 in cash in an envelope four times in the same period
- Judge Joseph C. Spero, the US magistrate, ordered that Peng be held without bond pending further proceedings after being arrested in his $ 1.2 million home on Friday
- Peng had served as a guide prior to his arrest and organized tours for Chinese tourists in San Francisco
A citizen of the United States is confronted with federal charges for alleged espionage on behalf of the Chinese government.
Xuehua & # 39; Edward & # 39; Peng, 56, provided classified information about national security to the Chinese government according to a complaint that was unlocked Monday and obtained by DailyMail.com.
The complaint alleges that he removed four SD cards from hotel rooms between October 2015 and June 2018 and at least shortly thereafter traveled to Beijing.
Peng also left $ 20,000 in cash in an envelope four times in the same period.
He was arrested Friday in his $ 1.2 million home in California and appeared before US magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero in San Francisco, who ordered Peng without a bond pending further proceedings.
Peng served as a guide prior to his arrest and organized sightseeing tours for Chinese tourists in San Francisco, while reportedly also serving as a courier for the Chinese Ministry of State Security.
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Source: United States lawyer David L. Anderson has an SD memory card (above) while he charges Xuehua & # 39; Edward & # 39; Peng announces
& # 39; The charged behavior relies on a combination of age-old spycraft and modern technology & # 39 ;, said US lawyer David L. Anderson for the northern district of California.
& # 39; Defendant Xuehua (Edward) Peng is charged with carrying out dead drops, making payments and personally transporting to Beijing, China, secure digital cards with secret information related to the national security of the United States. & # 39;
He continues with: & # 39; The allegations announced today offer a rare look at the secret efforts of the People's Republic of China to obtain secret national security information from the United States and the struggle being conducted by our intelligence and law enforcement communities to protect our people, our ideas and our national defense. & # 39;
If convicted, Peng is confronted with a maximum sentence of 10 years and a fine of $ 250,000 for acting as an agent of a foreign government.
Peng, 56, was arrested Friday at his $ 1.2 million home in California
& # 39; According to the allegations, Peng has deposited countless dead drops here in the United States on behalf of Chinese intelligence officers and provided them with classified information in China. His arrest reveals and disrupts an operation by those Chinese intelligence officers to gather such information without having to set foot in this country, "said National Security Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers.
& # 39; In addition to our many recent Chinese espionage cases – involving both national defense and intellectual property information – this case illustrates the seriousness of Chinese espionage efforts and the determination of the United States to thwart them. & # 39;
The government hopes that this will send a strong and clear message to China.
"Ending Mr Peng's alleged actions is an important and important step in dismantling the general efforts of the PRC against our country," said Special Agent in Charge Bennett of the FBI San Francisco Division.
& # 39; Our message is clear: the FBI, along with our intelligence community partners, will pursue foreign opponents – at every level of an operation – and disrupt their malicious activities when they are detected. & # 39;
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