US Navy sailor Wenheng Zhao pleads guilty to taking bribe, sharing military data with China

The United States has accused China of an extensive campaign of espionage and cyberattacks, a charge that Beijing has rejected. Photo illustration: Shutterstock A US Navy sailor charged with providing sensitive military information to China pleaded guilty in Los Angeles on Tuesday to conspiring with a foreign intelligence officer and receiving a bribe, federal prosecutors said.

Petty Officer Wenheng Zhao, 26, originally pleaded not guilty when he was charged August 4.

The Justice Department alleges that Zhao, based at Naval Base Ventura County, north of Los Angeles, conspired to collect nearly US$15,000 in bribes from a Chinese intelligence officer in exchange […]

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