Figure skater Alysa Liu, father targeted by Chinese spies over Tiananmen Square involvement, says report
- U.S. figure skater Alysa Liu and her Chinese dissident father, Arthur Liu, were purportedly targeted by a Chinese spying operation in the United States last October, the Department of Justice revealed.
- The FBI informed Arthur Liu of the spying scheme in October 2021, just as Alysa was preparing for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
- A man later identified as Matthew Ziburis, one of the five accused of spying in the U.S., contacted Arthur Liu while posing as an official with the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee to ask for his and his daughter’s passport numbers.
- Ziburis allegedly threatened Arthur, saying he would delay or deny Alysa’s international travel after the father refused.
- “I didn’t feel good about it. I felt something fishy was going on,” the father said. “From my dealings with the U.S. Figure Skating association, they would never call me on the phone to get copies of our passports. I really cut it short once I realized what he was asking for.”
- Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian denied all the allegations on Thursday and called out the U.S. for "making an issue of this out of thin air.”
Olympic figure skater Alysa Liu and her Chinese dissident father Arthur Liu were reportedly targeted by a Chinese spying operation in the United States last year, the Department of Justice revealed on Wednesday.
Speaking to the Associated Press on Wednesday, Arthur Liu said the FBI contacted him about a spying scheme in October 2021. The news came to the family just as his daughter was preparing for her competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. He did not tell her about the issue, however, out of concern it would only distract her.
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