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Chinese Spy Arrested in Boston for Targeting Political Dissidents

A US citizen accused of collaborating with the Chinese Communist Party to suppress political dissenters has been arrested by federal authorities. Litang Liang, a resident of Brighton in Boston, Massachusetts was indicted on Tuesday and charged with plans to act as an agent of a foreign government.

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Liang's Undisclosed Foreign Agent Activities

The U.S. District Court's indictment states that Liang knowingly acted and caused others to act in the United States as an agent of a foreign government without providing prior notification to the U.S. Attorney General, as required by law. Liang is accused of acting as an agent of the People's Republic of China starting in or around 2018.

Monitoring and Reporting on Individuals for the CCP

According to the U.S. District Court handling the case, Liang monitored and reported on individuals and organizations for the CCP. He is also accused of organizing a counter-protest to U.S. pro-democracy dissidents and providing information on potential recruits.

Liang's Communications with PRC Government Officials

The court's indictment reveals that Liang communicated with PRC government officials using various means, such as telephone calls and messages via the social media application WeChat. All WeChat communications are stored on servers outside the United States.

Liang's Role in Pro-PRC, Anti-Taiwanese Independence Organization

In January 2019, Liang co-founded the New England Alliance for the Peaceful Unification of China and served as its vice president through at least 2021. The organization is pro-PRC and anti-Taiwanese independence.

Liang's Alleged Task of Information Gathering for PRC Officials

Working with the Chinese Consulate based in New York, Liang was allegedly tasked with information gathering by a series of PRC officials of different ranks and the United Front Work Department.