Spies posing as journalists is not new in espionage especially in first-world countries where political and economic information is desired, but it still works — at least for awhile.
Recently, MI5 in the UK, expelled three agents from China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS) when it realised they were using UK press agencies as cover. China, although it’s not responded to the expulsion did say, “it reserves the right to make the necessary responses” as reported in Wionews.
This came on the heels of the BBC publishing the systematic abuse of Uighur women in Chinese camps. Some in the UK government are calling for a less naïve approach to the intelligence gathering by authoritarian nations such as, China and Russia in this digital age.
A call to action for that which is in undercover is always more difficult to rouse yet could anything be more imperative?