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US citizen accused of spying on behalf of Chinese Authorities

US government officials say they’ve billed an American citizen residing in California with acting as a spy for China.

US Attorney David L Anderson states the charges involving federal protection against 56-year-old Xuehua (Edward) Peng were unsealed Monday.

He is accused of being an illegal overseas agent and bringing categorized United States national security advice to officials from the People’s Republic of China.

Anderson states Peng is charged with using secret places to deliver advice, providing payments, and personally carrying to Beijing secure digital cards containing classified data related to US national security.

The complaint states that the Hayward, California, resident acted at the direction and under the hands of officials at China in regaining classified information passed by a private source from 2015 to 2018.