The International Security Department has begun investigations into the actions of Singaporean-born Dickson Yeo, who was proven to be selling United States secrets and other information to Chinese spies.
Previously, Alvinology reported on the case on Dickson Yeo, who was arrested on charges related to the Internal Security Act. He was returned to Singapore on December 30, 2020 and charged on the same day, according to The Straits Times.
What did the Singaporean government say about Dickson Yeo?
In a recent release, the ISD said that, “Singapore will not allow our nationals to be subverted or used by any foreign actors for activities prejudicial to our security and national interests.
“The Government takes a very serious view of any Singaporean who enters into a clandestine relationship with a foreign government and engages in espionage or subversive activities at the behest of the foreign power.”
The ISD was set to investigate if Dickson Yeo Jun Wei had conducted activities detrimental to Singapore’s security.
“Precautionary measures were taken during the arrest process to safeguard the health of personnel involved,” as the department cited the prevailing health protocols involving persons returning from abroad.
While under investigation, Yeo may be denied access and contact to his family, but that his kin have been apprised of his situation and arrest.
Plead guilty to spying in the US, supports China
According to the same report, Yeo had plead guilty to providing infomration to Chinese agents, and continued to support Chinese interests even towards the end of his trial. He was imprisoned for fourteen months.
Despite supporting Chinese interests through passing on sensitive information, Yeo maintained that he allegedly did not betray Singapore.
Who is Jun Wei Yeo and what did he do?
Alvinology previously reported on Jun Wei Yeo, and how the 40-year-old PhD student went to the United States and ended up paying US citizens for various information he then passed on to a Chinese ‘think-tank’.
He studied at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.
The report said that even his PhD advisor Huang Jing was expelled from Singapore for being a spy, but that the country who benefitted from the spying was not disclosed.
US court documents said that Yeo was then asked to provide political reports and information for various clients which turned out to be alleged Chinese intelligence agents. While they did not reveal themselves to him immediately as such, the same US documents said that Yeo had figured this out eventually. He decided to remain in their employ.
Later, they said that they wanted him to provide rumors and insider knowledge specifically about South East Asia. The order turned into a request for US-based intelligence instead at a later date.
Using LinkedIn to connect with US professionals looking for extra income streams, he offered cash through a fake consulting company. He required his US contacts to write reports for him and these would then be passed to the Chinese ‘think-tank’.
His last ‘mission’ was for him to allegedly turn an army officer into a regular informant. He was arrested.