- The Washington Times - Friday, May 9, 2003

A federal grand jury in Los Angeles yesterday returned a five-count indictment against Katrina Leung, a suspected Chinese spy, accusing her of illegally taking and photocopying secret documents she obtained from her lover, an FBI counterterrorism agent.Mrs. Leung, 49, a wealthy Los Angeles-area businesswoman and active Republican Party fund-raiser, was not charged in the indictment with espionage. She is believed by federal authorities to have made contact with officials at the People’s Republic of China more than 2,100 times during an 18-year period.Justice Department officials declined to comment yesterday on why Mrs. Leung had not been charged with espionage, but noted that additional charges could be brought if necessary. Federal authorities also noted that espionage charges presented a specific challenge to prosecutors in selecting what classified information should or could be divulged at trial.Held in jail since her arrest on April 9, Mrs. Leung was paid $1.7 million by the FBI for her information on China. She worked for the agency as an intelligence asset and was known under the code name “Parlor Maid.” She was named on two counts of copying classified documents with the intent to use them to benefit a foreign nation, and three counts of keeping classified material without authorization.Mrs. Leung faces up to 50 years in prison if convicted. A frequent visitor to China, she reportedly was seen on numerous occasions with high-ranking Chinese government officials. Prosecutors believe she provided the Chinese with information from FBI files about Chinese fugitives, a telephone list of agents involved in an espionage case, lists of agents serving at overseas posts and other classified information.Her admitted lover, former Agent James J. Smith, 59, who served as Mrs. Leung’s FBI handler, was named on a six-count indictment handed up in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The Smith indictment said the former agent should have disclosed his relationship with Mrs. Leung during 19 reports he filed with the bureau about her activities as an FBI asset. Attorneys for Mrs. Leung and Mr. Smith have maintained that their clients are not guilty.

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