(National Sentinel)Â Espionage: A Chinese dissident who had close ties to his country’s military and intelligence apparatuses says that Beijing has upwards of 25,000 spies operating within the United States, and that our country’s most critical military and defense infrastructure has been breached, theÂ Washington Free Beacon reported.
Guo Wengui, a billionaire businessman who broke with the regime several months ago, said in an interview that he has close ties to the Ministry of State Security (MSS), the civilian intelligence service, and the military spy service of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
“I know the Chinese spy system very, very well,” Guo said, speaking through an interpreter, in his first interview with American media. “I have information about very minute details about how it operates.”
TheÂ Free Beacon noted further:
Guo said he learned about Chinese spy activities from Ma Jian, a former MSS vice minister, and Ji Shengde, former PLA military intelligence chief.
Ma was director of MSS’s No. 8 Bureau, in charge of counterintelligence against foreign targetsâ€”including diplomats, businessmen, and reportersâ€”until he was swept up in a Beijing power struggle in December 2015. He was expelled from the Communist Party and imprisoned in January.
Guo said Ma was imprisoned because he had uncovered details of corruption by China’s highest-ranking anti-corruption official, Wang Qishan.
Ma said in a video made public by the Chinese government several weeks ago that he worked with Guo in assisting Chinese national security.
Regarding, Ji, the military spy chief, Guo said he had close ties to him and turned down requests from Ji to work as a smuggler for 2PLA, as the military spy agency was known.
Ji was implicated in the 1990s scandal involving Chinese funding of Bill Clinton’s presidential re-election campaign. In China, he was given a suspended death sentence by a military court in 2000 on charges of bribery and illegal fundraising.
Ji and his wife currently reside in Los Angeles, and Guo said he paid money to Ji for 25 years as part of China’s use of businesses to support intelligence activities.
He compared the Chinese government to “the Mafia,” and said his ultimate goal is to change it from its current communist form.
As for U.S.-based spies, Guo said that Beijing stepped up its efforts in 2012, sending about 5,000 spies to the United States disguised as students, businessmen and “some as immigrants.”
He said that initially the operatives were learning about the U.S., but eventually, that same year, they switched to “offensive” intelligence operations.
“By offensive [operations], I mean to be ready to destroy the U.S. in ways they can,” Guo said, adding that of the 5,000 sent, “they developed between 15,000 to 18,000 other spies, and these are not directly sent but these are developed within the United States.”
As for China’s intelligence priority, Guo said it is U.S. military technology. After that:
Second, Chinese intelligence is engaged in “buying” senior U.S. officials personally, and a third objective is buying family members of American political or business elites “with a view to getting intelligence and to make big business deals in China’s favor,” he said.
A fourth priority is penetrating the American internet system and critical infrastructure by implanting malicious software.
“It’s clear the situation is getting more and more dangerous now. The United States has the best weapons in its arsenal, such as laser weapons, etc. Yet, the Chinese spy system has penetrated into the bloodstream of American defense establishment with their viruses and everything else,” he said, theÂ FreeÂ Beacon reported.
“The United States is bleeding and is unaware that sooner or later the United States will run out of blood,” he added.