This Story About a CIA Mole Leaking Spies’ Names Sounds Like a Thriller. It’s Not.

It could have been a plot for the latest action-packed spy thriller to hit theaters.

But the story of former CIA officer Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 53, is all too real. Lee has been accused of sharing the names of Chinese informants with the Chinese government in one of the biggest U.S. intelligence failures in recent memory.

Lee has been charged with illegally retaining classified documents after FBI agents found two notebooks in his belongings that held sensitive names and numbers and other classified information. He was arrested Monday night in JFK International Airport.

More than a dozen informants working with the CIA were killed or imprisoned by the Chinese government in connection with this security breach, the New York Times reported. The CIA realized that there was a problem after years of informants’ names ending up in the hands of the Chinese and started an investigation in 2012.“The bad guy in this case, eventually caught, but the human toll he inflicted makes the story ultimately a tragedy,” Glenn said on today’s show.

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GLENN: Okay. Remember the scene where Tom Cruise is kind of hanging, you know, in that white room. And he's got to catch that one bead of sweat before it falls down. And the sweat falls. And he catches it. And it's really, really loud.

What was he after? He was after the 'NOC' list, right? The plotline in almost every spy movie. The NOC list is out.

The good guys have to catch the bad guy before the names and the locations of the undercover operatives of the CIA and all the good guys are killed.

And in the movies, we always get the knock list back. I mean, it's not a problem. The good guys always win. Except, that's the movies. This is real life.

And I wonder why we're not really focused on this. A former CIA officer was arrested on Monday and charged with unlawfully possessing the national defense information, the knock list.

He was caught red-handed with two notebooks containing the names of CIA assets in the location of covert facilities in China. And what was he doing? He was carrying the knock list, but he was -- he's suspected of much, much worse. The New York Times reported last year that there was a real problem in the CIA. They were losing agents in China at an alarming rate. Since 2010, the Chinese government has all, but completely destroyed our spying operation on the mainland. The CIA had a mole. They knew it.

All the evidence pointed directly to the man that was arrested this week. The damage done to the CIA in China is catastrophic. But even worse, the amount of lives that were lost. All in all, he's responsible for the deaths or imprisonment of 20 American agents.

Say what you want about Snowden, and I'm not a fan of Snowden -- he's a traitor enjoying the protection of Vladimir Putin. But nobody got killed.

Have you guys -- has anybody else noticed that if you went back -- let's just say Doc Brown and Marty McFly were real and we could travel back to the year 1985, and we could look at the news headlines, us, we'd see a world that hasn't really changed that much.

Granted, the music is a lot worse, and the clothes are a lot better. But they probably assume the Cold War is still raging. Despite Cyndi Lauper in neon shorts, the world of 1985 -- a scary place. Aldrich Ames was the CIA agent selling secrets to the Soviets. Because of him, multiple CIA agents were killed.

Korean airlines, flight 007 had been shot down two years prior. Nuclear tensions were at their highest. Both sides looked like we were willing to press the button.

Has anything really changed? It's been 33 years. Have we learned nothing?

Three decades, and life is just as cheap now, if not cheaper than it was then.

The difference between then and today is that with our technology, we can betray, kill, and threaten each other a lot faster.

The bad guy in this case eventually caught, but the human toll he inflicted makes this story ultimately a tragedy. Likewise, the redundant cycle we are in and seem to always be in, should tell us something about ourselves. How do we break it? Both as individuals and as a nation.

We can navigate the ship anywhere we want to go, but we can't navigate the ship following pure self or national interests every time. Principles and values have to be our true north. And if we don't make a course correction, I have a feeling that without looking at what technology is going to bring upon our heads, if you take that out, we definitely are in for another three decades of nothing but the same.

Glenn Beck has been warning since last summer that you would not recognize your country in a year. Well, it's not even summer yet, and he says he already doesn't recognize the country.

Do you recognize an America in which people are making more money off government unemployment benefits than they can make by working, inflation is ramping up, housing, supply and labor shortages are widespread, and the current administration gives cybercriminals from Russia a free pass after the biggest cyberattack on our nation's infrastructure to date?

On the radio program this week, Glenn pointed out that while businesses all over the nation are downsizing, one brand store is actually booming — and it says a lot about the state of the economy and what it means for our country's future.

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The largest American gas pipeline shut down on Friday due to what experts told the media was the "most dramatic cyberattack on U.S. soil to date." Investigators are looking at a group believed to be based in Russia known as "DarkSide."

It's time our leaders in the White House take national security seriously because this isn't the first time enemies of the U.S. — namely Russia and China — have used the cyber world to attack our nation and weaken our infrastructure, Glenn Beck argued on the radio program. Between Russia, China, and Iran — which President Joe Biden is now trying to make another nuclear deal with — it looks like the "Axis powers" of a "digital World War III" are lining up

"The journalists seem to care about the price of gasoline for the first time. Is it because they actually care? Or is it because they're trying not to focus on the fact that this was an attack most likely from Russia? And it isn't the first cyberattack from Russia of the year ... maybe we should be paying attention, to Vladimir Putin," Glenn began.

"And by the way, the pipeline going down, that's not the only [cyberattack] happening now," he added later. "Thirty thousand U.S. victims, small businesses and local governments, were hacked by cyber espionage units backed by the Chinese government in January of this year."

"There is an 'Axis power.' It is Russia and China. And, by the way, who is also aligned with Russia and China? Iran. Wow, this is weird," Glenn surmised. "But don't worry about that. Just leave your dog tags on another table. Let's not talk about China. Let's not talk about who actually crashed the jugular of our oil pipelines. I don't want war. But I got news for you ... this Biden administration is doing the job for our enemies."

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Canadian clinical psychologist, author, and cultural firebrand Jordan Peterson is no stranger to cancel culture. Ever since he was thrust into the culture war, he has faced one controversy after another, stirred up by the woke elites who hate him with a passion. But although they have tried to make him pay for speaking out so fearlessly against their message, he refuses to back down and he believes you should, too. He joined "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to explain why.

"There is a growth of the reluctant hero in all stories ... so many people think that they don't have what it takes, that they're not the hero," Glenn said to Peterson. "How do you get people to recognize and then have the courage to stand? You've taken a beating ... why is it worth it and how do you get there?"

"I think it's worth it because I believe the alternative is worse ... to stay silent when you have something to say," Peterson replied. "You don't know what it is within you that requires your voice, right, because you feel like 'I have something to say.' Where does that come from exactly, that feeling that you have something to say?

"Maybe you're disgruntled at work and you're choking on your own bile because the situation is not just in your estimation," he continued. "You're dying to say something, but you won't. Well, you'll die if you don't say it. Maybe it's a death by a thousand cuts. I don't like deferred punishment. I'd rather take it now and keep the future clean, which is why I encourage people to have the fights now, not to hide things in the fog for later. They grow and metastasize. It's better to confront what you need to confront when it's small and you have some possibility of victory."

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Top officials at the Federal Reserve are doing what they can to sugar coat what's ahead for our economy, telling Americans we may hit a "transitory" period of inflation that will settle by 2022. But Bank of America is saying something different. The bank's latest earnings call commentary warned "at the very least" transitory hyperinflation is ahead.

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