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I'm not sure if this has already been posted, but he was arrested as a foreign agent of China and stalking charges last October. What a story. It's not clear to me how much he knew. He's also just a minor player in this story. Sorry is this has already been posted but I haven't seen it here.

https://www.propublica.org/article/operation-fox-hunt-how-china-exports-repression-using-a-network-of-spies-hidden-in-plain-sight?utm_source=pocket-newtab

Here is one of the relevant parts.

Another defendant pleaded guilty to the foreign agent and stalking charges. McMahon, Jason Zhu and Zheng await trial on both charges.

Six FBI agents and two police officers arrested McMahon at his home in northern New Jersey at 6 a.m. on Oct. 28. His lawyer said that the Fox Hunt team duped the detective and that there is no evidence he knew he was working for the Chinese government. His total profit for a case that has destroyed him was $5,017.98, the lawyer said.

 

 

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4 minutes ago, Juliajms said:

I'm not sure I believe he didn't know what was up either. If you read that story, which is a hell of a slough, he makes some jokes about being sent to China.

It was too damn long to read.  Where is Lucinda Walsh when you need her?

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This is an example of a phrase I loathe, "TL; DR" -- took me forever to figure out what that meant since I don't speak social media slang and I'm not 12. However, the story is juicy, I must admit. It's insane. It deals with high stakes drama, spies, cops and robbers. The works. Perfect movie or TV thriller. 

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1 hour ago, Errol said:

This is an example of a phrase I loathe, "TL; DR" -- took me forever to figure out what that meant since I don't speak social media slang and I'm not 12. However, the story is juicy, I must admit. It's insane. It deals with high stakes drama, spies, cops and robbers. The works. Perfect movie or TV thriller. 

Here is a more succinct article. It lacks a lot of the drama and detail of course. Needless to say the Chinese government will stop at nothing to bring "criminals" in the U.S. back to China. Bringing that one man's elderly father across the world as a hostage is next level determination.

https://nypost.com/2020/10/28/private-eye-busted-in-chinese-government-plot-is-ex-nypd-sergeant/

 

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4 minutes ago, Juliajms said:

Here is a more succinct article. It lacks a lot of the drama and detail of course. Needless to say the Chinese government will stop at nothing to bring "criminals" in the U.S. back to China. Bringing that one man's elderly father across the world as a hostage is next level determination.

https://nypost.com/2020/10/28/private-eye-busted-in-chinese-government-plot-is-ex-nypd-sergeant/

 

I read that! I was wondering if this was a new story when I started researching. Turns out the latest report is just outlining all the events. However, the formal indictments were released just a few days ago by the Department of Justice.

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^ It will be interesting to see how things play out. Maybe they will just let him plead down to a small charge. It does seem like there should be a consequence of some kind for being involved with terrorizing people in this way.

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Just got a chance to read the full article. Thanks for posting @Juliajms.

Some years ago (I don't remember what year), I read about what is referred to as Operation Fox Hunt in a NYT article. I admit, I thought the operation was solely engaging Chinese born residents in the U.S. I wouldn't have guessed that they were also engaging non-Chinese to participate in these maneuvers. Also, I don't believe that McMahon, a former Sergeant in the NYPD would not have been able to figure out that his actions were, at the very least, a breach of U.S. sovereignty. His history of having been in the NYC street crimes unit gives me a great deal of pause where he's concerned.

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