Chinese express delivery company manager detained and fined for leaking counter-espionage information

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10th April 2024 – (Beijing) China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS) revealed a recent case involving the detention and fine of a manager from an express delivery company for divulging information related to a counter-espionage investigation.

According to the national security authority, they approached Zhang, a department manager at an express delivery company, to gather information regarding a suspect named Pang. After presenting their credentials, law enforcement officers requested Zhang’s cooperation while emphasising the need for strict confidentiality.

Zhang willingly agreed to cooperate and signed a confidentiality agreement as required.

However, despite his commitment, Zhang breached confidentiality by sharing the information with a colleague, albeit with a caution to keep it confidential. Unfortunately, news of the investigation involving Pang reached the suspect.

Upon discovering that he was being investigated, Pang evaded capture, causing significant disruption to the national security agency’s efforts. Nevertheless, through meticulous investigation and strategic deployment, the agency ultimately apprehended Pang.

The MSS stated that Zhang’s actions, despite signing the confidentiality agreement, resulted in the disclosure of sensitive information and severely impeded the investigative process.

These actions constitute the disclosure of state secrets related to counter-espionage activities. In light of Zhang’s admission of guilt, the national security agency imposed a three-day administrative detention and a fine of 30,000 yuan ($4,148.7).