The Chinese Ministry for State Security has more agents living in the state of California than it has FBI. Based in Beijing, the Ministry for State Security (MSS) is responsible for China’s foreign intelligence, counter-intelligence, and security. The MSS is believed to be responsible for the majority of Chinese espionage.
Military talk show host and veteran Bryan Suits is among the personnel affected by the security breach of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Believed to be committed by the Chinese, the breach is quickly becoming known as one of the worst in the history of the U.S. government.
China’s MSS has agents living throughout Asia, Europe, Australia, and the Americas. The number of MSS agents living in California alone is believed to be between 300 and 800. The high number, Suits explains, is attributed to California’s technology sector. Silicon Valley is arguably the world’s technological epicenter. Southern California is also home to a plethora of defense contractors, many of which the U.S. relies upon for developing and producing defense related hardware and software.
Concentrating on the numbers seems like an overblown concern to me, because it isn’t like one FBI agent can’t keep tabs on more than one known spy. Even then, the real damage has come from hackers presumably working from home in Shenzhen or wherever, dutifully hacking away at our pathetic government security.