On October 24, the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, New York, released documents showing that prosecutors charged two Chinese nationals with attempting to obstruct a judicial investigation into a Chinese telecom company.
According to the disclosure, the two Chinese nationals, named “Guochun He” and “Zheng Wang,” orchestrated and used Bitcoin to bribe a U.S. government employee they believed to be a Chinese Communist Party(CCP) spy in an attempt to obtain documents and other information from the Eastern District of New York Attorney’s Office in connection with a criminal investigation of a Chinese telecommunications company. The telecom is believed to be Huawei, a CCP-controlled telecommunications company.
Breon Peace, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, he said “Today’s complaint underscores the unrelenting efforts of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) government to undermine the rule of law,” also adding that the case involves CCP’s intelligence officers who obstructed a normal investigation by the U.S. judiciary by offering bribes.
“Far more than an effort to collect information or intelligence, the actions of the PRC intelligence officers charged in this case must be called out for what they are: an extraordinary intervention by agents of a foreign government to interfere with the integrity of the U.S. criminal justice system, compromise a U.S. government employee, and obstruct the enforcement of U.S. law to benefit a PRC-based commercial enterprise,” stated Assistant Attorney General for National Security Matthew G. Olsen. “The Department of Justice will not abide nation-state actors meddling in U.S. criminal process and investigations, and will not tolerate foreign interference with the fair administration of justice.”