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Alleged Chinese Double Agent Indicted

Thu May 8, 6:00 PM ET

By CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - A federal grand jury Thursday indicted alleged Chinese double agent Katrina Leung on charges that she illegally took, copied and kept secret documents obtained from an FBI agent who was both her handler and lover.

Leung, 49, was charged in a five-count indictment most notable for its omission of the more serious charge of espionage. The indictment was returned by a grand jury in Los Angeles, where Leung has been jailed without bond since her April 9 arrest.

The charges follow a six-count indictment returned Wednesday against Leung's longtime FBI handler and lover, retired counterintelligence agent James J. Smith. Smith was charged with wire fraud for filing false reports about Leung's reliability and with gross negligence for allowing her access to classified material.

Prosecutors say Leung, a valuable FBI source of Chinese intelligence for 18 years, was simultaneously passing secret information obtained from Smith to the People's Republic of China. The breach has led to questions about every FBI counterintelligence investigation or operation from 1982 to 2000.

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