TRAITOR: FBI nabs former CIA agent for informing China on covert operations

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In the high tech world of espionage, sometimes the best way to steal information may still be old-school spycraft – like writing things down on paper. Of course, it can also be an old-school way to get caught. That's exactly what happened to former CIA agent Jerry Chun Shing Lee. But it hasn't been easy to catch him.

The 53-year-old Lee is a naturalized U.S. citizen who joined the CIA in 1994 and left in 2007. His main job was recruiting “clandestine human intelligence sources" from his base in Hong Kong.

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Lee is suspected of giving the Chinese information that caused the death or imprisonment of 20 American agents. Starting in 2010, the CIA was shocked as their best agents in China began disappearing. The CIA suspected a traitor and the FBI investigated.

By 2012, the FBI suspected Lee, so they lured him with a phony job offer, to get him to fly to the U.S. from his home in Hong Kong. During the trip, they searched his hotel rooms in Hawaii and Virginia and found two notebooks containing handwritten lists of names and phone numbers of covert CIA agents and informants. The notebooks also had notes from asset meetings, meeting locations, and locations of covert facilities in China.

After building their case for several more years, the FBI finally got their chance to arrest Lee in January when he took a commercial flight from Hong Kong to New York City. Yesterday, a federal grand jury charged Lee with illegally possessing classified information.

Make no mistake about it, we are deep into a new Cold War, but this time China has eclipsed Russia as our chief rival.

Prosecutors say Chinese agents offered Lee “a gift of $100,000 in exchange for his cooperation and that they would take care of him for life." They wanted Lee to give them details about the CIA's operations in China. Prosecutors say Lee prepared written reports for the Chinese, deposited hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash in his personal accounts, and lied to the FBI about his activity overseas.

This kind of betrayal is devastating for intelligence agencies, foremost because of the executed agents. But also because of the massive amount of time it takes to groom sources and informants. This is not something the CIA can get over quickly.

If it's confirmed that Lee's information was the cause of the death or imprisonment of those 20 agents in China, it would be the worst intelligence breach since Robert Hanssen was caught passing secrets to Russia in the 1990s.

So far, Lee has only been charged with possessing classified information, but he could still get a life sentence if convicted.

Make no mistake about it, we are deep into a new Cold War, but this time China has eclipsed Russia as our chief rival.

The crisis at the border continues to worsen, with the U.S. Border Patrol recently releasing some shocking statistics that illuminate just how bad the situation has become. But Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) is doing everything he can to prevent any additional unlawful crossings into the Lone Star State.

Abbott joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to describe recent action he has taken to ensure that those who do cross into Texas illegally know they came to the "wrong state."

After noting that both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris "have completely abandoned post as it concerns the Texas border," Abbott explained how "Texas is stepping up" to combat the flood of dangerous gangs and cartels, human traffickers and drugs he says are pouring into border communities.

"Beginning in March, I deployed a thousand Texas Department of Public Safety officers to the border. I deployed the National Guard to the border. And they made well over a thousand arrests of some of these criminals we talked about. They've apprehended more than 33,000 illegal immigrants coming across the border." Abbott said. "But because of the way the Biden administration has abandoned the border, we are now elevating our game. What I did yesterday, in response to more than a dozen counties along the border ... I granted their request for a disaster declaration," he added.

Abbott went on to describe how his disaster declaration gives Texas the authority to toughen penalties for lawbreakers, including criminal trespassing, smuggling, and human trafficking.

"We're going to begin arresting everybody coming across the border and charging them with criminal trespass and putting them in jail. They are coming in here, thinking they'll get the Biden free-ride, and go wherever they want to go. Not in the state of Texas. We'll start arresting them right and left, and putting them behind bars, and saying they came in to the wrong state."

Asked by Glenn if he is prepared for the inevitable "media onslaught", Abbott simply answered, "We're prepared to see a reduction in the number of people coming across the border — because Texas is enforcing the law, period."

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California has gone to hell. Homelessness and violence have spiked. Civil liberties and businesses have been destroyed in the name of "COVID safety." Children have been brainwashed with racist critical race theory. And yet, Democrats want to use California as the test model for the entire country. Your state and your town are next. They want their FAILURE to become YOUR FUTURE.

Dave Rubin, host of BlazeTV's "The Rubin Report," moved to Los Angeles about a decade ago. In that time, he's watched it descend into absolute chaos. While most of his news and comedy friends have fled, Dave tells Glenn Beck why he's riding it out and how the rest of the country must save itself from progressive policies and "evil" governors like Gavin Newsom — or else the great American experiment will be over.

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Just like the left did in Georgia, Democrats and the media are now insisting that Texas' new proposed voting laws are a racist threat to democracy. But this time, instead of actually letting democracy play out through a vote, Democrats in the state legislature walked out and stopped the democratic process.

On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere take a look at the voting bill — which Democrats say is racist because it keeps early voting polls closed on Sundays until 1 o'clock to allow for poll workers to attend church — and explain why they believe the backlash is just another ridiculous display of hypocrisy from the left.

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Ever since he was in high school, Rishi Sharma has dedicated his life to making sure that the stories of our World War II veterans are never forgotten. He's spent countless hours interviewing these men and documenting their firsthand experiences on his YouTube channel, "Legends of WWII" — and the timing couldn't be any better.

Rishi joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to warn that "they don't teach World War II in school any more, and what they do cover is 'brainwashing' young Americans to "hate our country, to hate our veterans, and our way of life."

"I can honestly tell you they don't teach World War II in school anymore. What they do cover is how 'bad' the U.S. was," Rishi told Glenn.

"I mean, people are being brainwashed nowadays. The younger generations are being brainwashed to hate our country, to hate our veterans, and our way of life. It's not right, and I don't want to see it happen any further. That's why I'm recording these stories of what these veterans actually went through, the atrocities that they came across. Whoever has that footage, is going to be able to control the narrative."

Rishi went on to share some of the shocking accounts of what really went on during WWII, which he learned through interviewing more than 1,100 veterans, and the devastating results of anti-American propaganda both then and now.

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