On Tuesday, a Boston resident was indicted on charges of working as an agent for a foreign government, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
“Litang Liang knowingly acted and caused others to act in the United States as an agent of a foreign government, namely, the People’s Republic of China, without providing prior notification to the United States Attorney General, as required by law,” according to the indictment.
Liang was accused of working as an agent for the People’s Republic of China, starting in or around 2018, and continuing his activities on behalf of the foreign government at least until 2022.
He had been secretly working with the CCP to compile a “black list” of Chinese people and organizations who participated in protests supporting pro-democracy dissidents in China, the Boston Globe reported.
He was working with the Chinese Consulate based in New York, Fox News noted.
“Liang communicated with the PRC government officials – knowing them to be PRC government officials – in several ways,” the indictment stated.
“These included telephone calls and messages using the social media application WeChat […] All WeChat communications are stored on servers outside the United States,” the indictment added.
Fox News reported that Liang, in 2019, cofounded the New England Alliance for the Peaceful Unification of China, a pro-PRC, anti-Taiwanese independence organization.
He served as vice president of the organization through at least 2021.
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