Two US sailors have been arrested on national security charges related to China, according to the Associated Press (AP). One of the men was assigned to a ship in San Diego and was taken into custody yesterday. The other sailor was arrested at Naval Base Ventura County. His charges included receipt of a bribe from a Chinese official and conspiracy.
Assistant US Attorney General Matt Olsen has stated for the record, at a press conference in San Diego, that because of what they have done,
“Sensitive military info ended up in the hands of the People’s Republic of China.”
The Sailors Identified
The men have been identified as Petty Officer 2nd Class Jinchao “Patrick” Wei and Petty Officer Wenheng Zhao, aged 22 and 26, respectively.