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The U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) is charging 40 members of China’s national police with crimes related to a coordinated campaign of targeted harassment of U.S. residents.
Forty officers of China’s Ministry of Public Security (MPS) and two employees of the Cyberspace Administration of China conspired to transmit interstate threats and otherwise harass dissidents and pro-democracy activists living in the United States and elsewhere, according to DOJ documents unsealed on April 17. Forty-four defendants were charged in total.
The MPS officers are part of an elite task force in China called the “912 Special Project Working Group,” referred to in DOJ documents simply as “the Group.”
The alleged purpose of the Group is to target and silence Chinese dissidents on a global scale.
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