2 French spies & a CCP Honey Trap

International espionage in France led to a short sentence for the French Chief of Station to Beijing. With access to any number of valuable secrets about Europe and the US, China wins big here. Brad Johnson, former CIA Chief of Station himself, warns us again about CCP aggressive strategy to gain control of the West by military, economic, and intelligence might. The President of Americans for Intelligence Reform describes the intrigue from his unique perspective.

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brad johnson july 13th 2020
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uh china seems to be irritating all of
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us in some way
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at various levels um
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please tell us about what happened in
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france that’s quite interesting i think
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a lot of people will find that
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interesting
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it is it’s a it’ll be a very short
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update and this is something i talk
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about quite often for anyone who follows
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these interviews
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uh but china is on this on the world
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stage aggressively going after
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everything they can get their hands on
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in every way they can get their hands on
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it militarily through intelligence
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uh through using economic measures which
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are predatory in nature and africa
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worldwide
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but now what happened here and one of
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the things i often warn everybody about
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is the intelligence measures that are
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used by the
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a very very very aggressive uh chinese
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intelligence service
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other multiple services and one of the
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things that they did is they
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uh in france two dgse officers which
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that is the equivalent of the cia
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in france were arrested and just
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convicted
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uh in the last couple of days to jail
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terms
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in france now one of those men had been
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the chief of station in beijing of all
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things and
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and it pains me to see this and of
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course uh i think most people know there
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are
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liaison relationships between france the
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united states and canada
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and so information is shared back and
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forth we give them stuff they give us
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stuff
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i mean that’s how those relationships
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work and the nato countries
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all have varying degrees of relationship
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intelligence sharing relationships
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so this guy who is the chief of station
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in beijing for the french which is their
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the
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chief of station is the is the boss of
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their intelligence office there their
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their cia equivalent office
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and which is that’s a position i held
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not in beijing but
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as a former chief of station that was
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that was the head of our office in
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whatever country
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and uh so that guy and one other now the
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french are being a little coy on the
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reporting they haven’t given all the
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names there’s
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henry and pierre are the two guys that
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are arrested they’re both older
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gentlemen
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169’s one in his early 70s so they had
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been around so the one guy
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gets posted to
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beijing as their chief of station starts
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sleeping with the ambassadors
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interpreter which let me say
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everyone that works in the embassy the
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u.s uh
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embassy the french embassy the canadian
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embassy all these embassies everybody
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that works in those embassies
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aren’t just innocent people off the
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street that just happen to
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uh you know be get those jobs that’s not
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how it works everybody in those places
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works for the intelligence agencies so
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they’re all
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spies against whatever country’s embassy
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they’re in so
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he starts sleeping with the ambassadors
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the french ambassadors
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uh translators so it’s the chinese girl
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that he started sleeping with her
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i don’t know the ages but i’m suspecting
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she’s substantially younger
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than this guy so you know dare i guess
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you know something like in her 30s i
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don’t know if her fact it hasn’t come
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out and reporting
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so a much older guy sleeping with this
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much younger girl
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and falls in love and he gets
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caught doing all of this and so it gets
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it’s basically cashier so he decides to
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say okay fine
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he moves to china marries this girl
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that’s living with her
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and uh gets caught bringing back money
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so clearly the chinese have recruited
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him out of all of this he’s making his
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living by working for the chinese
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travels back into some international
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port where the
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french can get their hands on and they
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snap him up plus this other guy like i
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say i don’t know
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what the deal is between these two
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people the two frenchmen but both were
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former dgst
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officers so i’m assuming that this chief
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of station
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brought in the other guy and they were
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both reporting to the chinese
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and who knows he probably had some
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little honey pot chinese girl that was
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sleeping with him too don’t know but
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you know those are the types of things i
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would expect out of a case like this so
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this guy who had been there former chief
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of station would have had
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access to almost everything
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and over a long period of history that
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had happened that that the french
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intelligence service had been up to in
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china
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so he would have given them the kitchen
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sink and everything else
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that he could give them and and also
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historical so he would have also had
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information because what he would have
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seen
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would have been when it came from the
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other liaison services like the united
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states for example any information
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that was related to china that had been
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shared with france
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he would have also seen so he had a a
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a large amount of information coming
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from other countries
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and other countries that had been
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involved are also
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reporting a lot on china so that
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reporting is very valuable because
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if if he sees a report that came out of
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australia or the united states or
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wherever it doesn’t matter
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based on that report the chinese can
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kind of reverse
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engineer and see where the source of the
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information is even if they don’t have
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the name
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which they would not have had the name
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of the source but even just based on the
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information they could look back and say
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well these guys over here have access to
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that information so we know we have a
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spy in that area
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and then they can really track them down
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and probably identify who they are
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so i wouldn’t be surprised to see people
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have been caught and executed as a
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result of this
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by the chinese service based on the
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information this guy would have given
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him
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and of course the french the way they
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are i mean they gave these guys
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basically slaps on the wrist but
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let me say proving espionage cases
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is very difficult and if they don’t
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confess
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everything it’s very hard to get it all
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very hard to prove it
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and there was a case i won’t go into the
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boring details of it but there was a
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case of a
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a former united states dcm it’s a deputy
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chief of mission that’s the
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state department number two after the
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ambassador when the ambassador’s gone
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the dcm is the charger who is acting
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instead of the
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uh in the stead of the ambassador so we
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had a dcm
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a state department high-level officer
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photographed and what he did is he shows
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up with a briefcase and does the classic
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you know james bond movie sort of thing
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a kgb guy shows up he shows up
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they both set down briefcases that are
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exactly the same
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and when they get up and walk away they
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take the other’s briefcase now
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the problem this is a perfect example of
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this in in a case like that
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the kgb guy has walked off with the
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breeze case so you don’t know what’s in
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it
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so you don’t know what he gave to him
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you know he’s a spy you know he’s no
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good he’s working for the bad guys
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but you don’t know what he gave him and
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you have to have what was in that case
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to prove it to convict him of the full
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espionage thing
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so this is one of those that guy uh he
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uh he basically got off he was fired of
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course
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lost his pension but you know he just
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left and was working in some job and
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in the washington greater washington dc
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area because they couldn’t convict him
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of anything even though he was
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videotaping exchanging a briefcase with
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the kgb
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you need more than that for the level of
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proof so it was something
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similar to that we don’t know what this
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these frenchmen were giving to the
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chinese
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so that’s why they got like i think a
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two year and a four year sentence or
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something like that however
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that said i mean they’re both around 70.
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so that that’s that’s a long time when
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you’re 70 years old i suspect
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but there should live to get out and who
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knows but
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a very interesting case and again
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another indication
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of just how dangerous the chinese
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are and it needs to sink through to
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everyone that the
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most dangerous long-term strategic
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threat
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to the united states of america and the
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west is
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china and this is just one more example
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of that
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well it sounds like it was simpler
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during the cold war thank you very much
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brett
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