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Behind the admission by a former CIA officer that he plotted to spy for China lies an astonishing tale of Beijing's espionage against America -- and the vindication of other CIA officers who were falsely suspected of being the Chinese mole.Jerry Chun Shing Lee, who was a CIA case officer from 1994 to 2007, pleaded guilty May 1 to conspiring with Chinese intelligence agents to provide secret information.U.S. officials won't discuss the precise damage Lee did, but intelligence experts believe he was part of an aggressive Chinese spy operation that led to the exposure, arrest and execution of at least 20 CIA sources inside China.The hunt for a Chinese mole began after the CIA started losing its key sources in China in 2010 . Lee, who first met with Chinese intelligence officers in April 2010, according to prosecutors, soon came under suspicion. Experts say that in the Thailand meeting, the Chinese operative asked the former CIA officer about cases that Lee shouldn't have known about.
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