An exclusive article in U.S. News & World Report (Nov. 10, 2003) points our many unanswered question on Katrina Leung. Its sub-title reads "1 accused Chinese spy who seduced 2 top FBI agents. Did she work for 3 masters?" Leung, a prominent Chinese American book store owner, recruited in 1982, worked for the FBI . She was considered as a FBI intelligence asset until she was arrested for being a spy for China. She and her boss, J.J. Smith, were arrested and later released on bail. Prosecutors said that Leung had a long history of lies and deception. The article reports that the entire roster of U.S. intelligence for all of the Asia outside the Soviet Union over the past years may have been compromised, as well as operations of allies in Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan.
There are possible implications of Leung's operation: Leung may have jeopardized the identities of U.S. intelligence and counterintelligence agents. Leung's task for the FBI was to be a Chinese asset, providing her Chinese Ministry of Security Service handler only with information Smith had authorized.
The defense lawyer for Leung contends that she is loyal to the United States. Neither Leung nor Smith have been charged with espionage. They could walk away with slight publishment.