Shelby: The U.S. government says that foreign spy agencies are targeting American students – not to spy on them, but to get them to spy on the U.S. Keith Kocinski explains.
Keith: The Federal Bureau of Investigation says it has seen a rise in American college students who have been approached by foreign spy agencies. That is why the FBI made this public service announcement a film called Game of Pawns.
Game of Pawns: Working for CIA would be beneficial for both you and us.
Keith: It is a warning for Americans studying in foreign countries.
Game of Pawns: You were just a pawn. One of many.
Keith: It tells the real-life story of Glenn Shriver, a 22-year-old from Michigan who studied in Shanghai, China. He found what seemed to be an innocent job online writing papers on U.S./China relations.
Glenn Shriver: It was free money. No strings attached.
Keith: But over time, the job changed and he was convinced to spy on the U.S. government and accepted $70,000 from Chinese operatives. He was caught by the FBI and is now serving a four-year prison sentence.
Glenn: Recruitment is going on. You know, don’t fool yourself.
Keith: In an FBI interview from prison, Glenn warned students not to make the same mistakes he did.
Glenn: If someone’s offering you money and it feels like you don’t have to do anything for that money, then there’s probably a hook in there that you’re not seeing.
Keith: The FBI won’t say how many students have been turned into spies but they say they are an attractive target.
Philip Mudd: They’re a lot easier to go after in terms of recruitment than trying to go after a few people at the Department of Defense or the CIA.
Keith: And university students may have access to research in science and technology that can prove as valuable as any government secrets.
Keith Kocinski, Channel One News.