Wedding photographer sentenced to 14 years in prison for providing hundreds of photos of warships and military ports to a person overseas
Published: Apr 18, 2022 02:30 AM
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A wedding photographer has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for endangering national security, after he was found providing 384 photos of Chinese warships and military ports to a person overseas that he met via WeChat, the Supreme People's Procuratorate disclosed on Sunday. 

The photos involved elements of three most confidential state secrets and two classified state secrets. The photographer received a payment of over 40,000 yuan ($6,280) for these pictures. 

He was sentenced to 14 years of imprisonment and deprived of political rights for five years. The payment of 40,000 yuan was also confiscated as evidence of the crime of spying for foreign countries and illegal provision of state secrets.

The case is listed by the Supreme People's Procuratorate among the four typical cases of the crime of endangering national security. In recent years, online recruitment and dating and other social networking platforms have become hotbeds of infiltration of foreign hostile forces. 

Students, workers and unemployed youth are vulnerable of being turned and used by foreigners on their online job search or other networking activities. 

Another typical case pointed to a college student who got acquainted with a foreign person using the name "Han" on a dating app. From March to July 2020, the student visited military ports and other military bases on multiple times to take pictures and shared them with Han through WeChat and other social apps. 

The student was "rewarded" with over 10,000 yuan ($1,570) and a Casio watch, among other gifts. He was sentenced to six years in prison. 

Another defendant surnamed Wu, was the operation commander at the department of aviation and operation management at an airport. He was reached by an agent of a spy organization who seduced him to provide the itineraries of important figures of government bodies. Wu was sentenced to 13 years of imprisonment.