- Posted April 23, 2014 by
FBI Warns U.S Students Studying Abroad About Espionage
American college students at universities overseas are being recruited for espionage activities by foreign intelligence officers according to the U.S officials. The FBI has produced a 28 minute film titled “Game of Prawn” in order to warn students about the dangers. The movie is about a Glenn Duffie Shriver, a college student studying in Shanghai. He starts off accepting a seemingly innocent job writing political papers for the Chinese government for extra money. His handlers encourage him to apply to U.S government jobs and exchange classified information to the Chinese for a sum of $70k eventually leading to his arrest and four year prison sentence.
The movie serves as a grim warning to students who are generally not aware of the dangers of espionage recruitment. Students who have studied abroad are generally very attractive to U.S employers due to their experiences but it also marks them as a soft target for foreign intelligence officers who want to gain access to classified U.S information.
Recruiters usually do not identify themselves and try to garner the students trust over a period of time. Many students do not even realize that they are being recruited or “groomed”; some may respond to seemingly innocent administrative jobs in order to earn extra money. The FBI suggests students to be cautious about easy job and monetary opportunities that seem too good to be true.