The Justice Department announced Tuesday that a former CIA officer suspected of working with China to identify informants in the country has been arrested and charged with unlawful retention of national defense information.
Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 53, left the CIA in 2007, and in 2012, the FBI began to investigate him as more and more informants in China started to die or go to prison. Lee lived in Hong Kong, but during a 2012 trip to the U.S., FBI investigators searched his luggage and found journals containing classified information; prosecutors say the handwritten notes included details about meetings with informants and the names and phone numbers of undercover agents.
Some intelligence officials believe Lee worked with the Chinese government, The New York Times reports, while others think it's possible China was able to hack the secret communications channels the CIA uses to talk to informants. Since 2010, more than a dozen CIA informants have been killed or imprisoned by the Chinese government. Catherine Garcia
Democratic Reps. Raul Grijalva (Ariz.), Luis Gutierrez (Ill.), and Adriano Espaillat (N.Y.) were arrested Tuesday on disorderly conduct charges during a protest outside Trump Tower in Manhattan.
The three members of Congress were part of a small group of demonstrators calling for a law to help undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States by their parents as children. Protesters sat down on Fifth Avenue and wouldn't move, The Associated Press reports, and they were eventually handcuffed and led away by police, who said they issued desk appearance tickets. They have all been released.
Before the protest, organizers said the lawmakers planned on getting arrested, and on All In with Chris Hayes after his release, Gutierrez said the goal was to keep the spotlight on the issue. When working with immigrants, "you see the fear, the trepidation that exists, and it's hurtful, it's painful to see that," he said. "I want to say, 'We're fighting.'" Trump, in town for his United Nations address, was supposed to be at Trump Tower at the time, but wasn't on the premises. Catherine Garcia
Police in Portland, Oregon, arrested 14 people Sunday during dueling demonstrations attended by supporters of President Trump, anti-fascist protesters, and residents concerned about hate speech.
Hundreds of people attended the "Trump Free Speech" rally at Terry D. Schrunk Plaza, CNN reports, and even more counter-protesters gathered across the street. Police say at first, the two sides yelled expletives at each other, then counter-protesters started to throw glass bottles and bricks at the officers, who responded by using pepper spray.
Tensions in the city have been high since three men were stabbed last week, two fatally, on a light-rail train by a man who was allegedly yelling anti-Muslim statements at two young women. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler had unsuccessfully requested that the permit be revoked for the free-speech rally, saying, "I'm a strong supporter of the First Amendment no matter what the views are that are being expressed, but given the timing of this rally, I believed we had a case to make about the threats to public safety." Organizer Joey Gibson noted that the protest was planned before the murders, said he is not racist or a member of the alt-right movement, and argued that the rally was not in support of stabbing suspect Jeremy Christian. Catherine Garcia
Lee Jae-yong, the vice chairman and heir apparent to Samsung Electronics, was arrested early Friday after a court ruled that South Korean special prosecutors delivered enough evidence against him in a corruption case.
Lee, 48, is one of the most powerful men in South Korea, and stands accused of bribery, embezzlement, and perjury. Prosecutors allege that he redirected millions of dollars to companies managed by Choi Soon-sil, a confidant of President Park Geun-hye, in an attempt to gain support for a merger between two Samsung affiliates. Park was impeached by the National Assembly in December, and while her duties have been suspended, she is currently immune from standard criminal charges; if a court rules to make the impeachment permanent, prosecutors would be free to open a criminal case against her.
"This investigation is about civilians, including Choi Soon-sil, meddling in state affairs," a spokesman for the prosecutors said. "There are allegations that Choi used her personal ties to President Park or possibly even colluded with the president to receive money and valuables from Samsung. That's why we are investigating the conglomerate. We are not targeting the conglomerate." Catherine Garcia
Police in Scotland said two United Airlines pilots were arrested Saturday, suspected of being drunk before they were set to fly 141 passengers to New Jersey.
The pilots, ages 35 and 45, were arrested at Glasgow Airport, and will be arraigned Monday in the Glasgow suburb of Paisley, facing charges connected with Britain's transport safety laws, The Associated Press reports. The pilots were scheduled to fly from Glasgow to Newark, and United Airlines said the flight was delayed 10 hours while they found replacement pilots. United spokeswoman Erin Benson said the pilots have been "removed from service and their flying duties. We are cooperating with the authorities and will conduct our own investigation as well. The safety of our customers and crew is our highest priority."
Last month, two Canadian pilots from Air Transat were arrested at Glasgow Airport and charged with attempting to fly while intoxicated. Catherine Garcia
A 37-year-old man was arrested Tuesday in Seattle after the FBI told police he made threats against a local mosque.
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The unidentified man posted online threats early Tuesday, the Seattle Police Department said, and he claimed to have recently bought an assault rifle and extra ammunition. Shortly before 3:30 p.m., a SWAT team and hostage negotiators arrested the man at his home, following an incident the police department described as a "standoff," ABC News reports. Police said the man has been contacted before by authorities investigating harassment and threats against another mosque. Catherine Garcia
Three teenage boys have been arrested in connection with attacks against Donald Trump supporters following a rally last week in San Jose, California, authorities said Wednesday.
In a statement, the San Jose Police Department said one of the suspects, who was arrested for felony assault with a deadly weapon, was caught on camera hitting a man with a sharp object. The other two suspects were also recorded assaulting a man, chasing him, then throwing him to the ground, The Associated Press reports; one was arrested for misdemeanor battery and the other for felony assault with a deadly weapon.
The attacks took place on June 2 after a Trump rally dispersed and attendees were returning to their cars. Some Trump supporters were pelted with bottles and eggs, and others were punched. The San Jose Police Department expects to make more arrests soon in connection with the violence. Catherine Garcia
Boston police arrested two men on weapons charges Friday after being alerted to alleged threats of violence being made online against players at the Pokemon World Championship, the department said Sunday.
On Thursday, security officers at Boston's Hynes Convention Center notified the Boston Police Department about the threats, ABC News reports. Officers stopped two male suspects as they tried to enter the event, and found multiple firearms in their vehicle. They were unable to provide a gun license and the car was seized, but they were released pending a search warrant, Boston police said. After receiving the warrant on Friday, detectives found a 12-gauge Remington shotgun, DPM5 Model AR-15 rifle, several hundred rounds of ammunition, and a hunting knife, police said.
Iowa residents Kevin Norton, 18, and James Stumbo, 27, were arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm. "This was not a nexus to terrorism, but the investigation into the specific motive for the threats is ongoing," Officer Rachel McGuire, a spokesperson for the Boston Police Department, told ABC News. The Pokemon World Championship is an invitation-only event where players compete for more than $500,000 in scholarship awards. The three-day competition ends Sunday. Catherine Garcia