A federal grand jury in Alexandria issued a new indictment of accused spy Larry Wu-Tai Chin yesterday, charging the former CIA analyst with giving the Chinese classified American assessments of China's "strategic, military, economic, scientific and technical capabilities and intentions."
The 17-count indictment said Chin, as part of his work for the CIA's Foreign Broadcast Information Service, "reviewed, translated and analyzed classified documents from covert and overt human and technical collection sources" and "was involved in and aware of the West's intelligence requirements" for the People's Republic and CIA efforts to obtain the information.
The new indictment added additional counts of espionage and new charges of unauthorized passage of classified information to an agent of a foreign government, income tax violations and failure to report foreign bank accounts.
Chin, an Alexandria resident, is a native of China and naturalized American citizen who worked for the CIA from 1952 until his retirement in 1981 and continued to work as a contractor for the CIA's translation arm until his arrest Nov. 22.
The indictment said that nearly $200,000 had been deposited in Hong Kong banks in Chin's name from 1978 to 1983. The money included 424,000 Hong Kong dollars (about $54,000 U.S.); $40,000 in U.S. dollars and $98,000 in gold.
In addition, according to the indictment, Chin was paid $2,000 in 1952 and unspecified amounts of money for his alleged espionage services from 1961 to 1967.
An earlier indictment charged Chin, 63, with one count of conspiring to commit espionage and said he had received "in excess of $140,000." Sources familiar with the case have said Chin was recruited as a spy in the early 1940s and is believed to have received more than $1 million from the Chinese.
In addition to the espionage conspiracy, which allegedly lasted from 1952 until Chin's arrest, the new indictment charged Chin with giving a Chinese agent named "Mr. Lee" classified information from the CIA about the West's assessment of Chinese capabilities.
The indictment listed three meetings between Chin and Lee in Toronto in 1979 and 1980 during which Chin allegedly passed the information, which was "derived from overt and covert human and technical collection sources," according to the indictment.
It also alleged that in 1952, Chin gave the Chinese classified information about the location of POW camps in Korea and the information being sought from the Chinese prisioners of war.
Chin was also charged with six counts of failing to report "substantial gross income from his employment as an agent of the People's Republic of China Intelligence Service" on his federal income tax returns and five counts of failing to file required reports on his ownership of foreign bank accounts