Chinese newspaper claims victory for the country after reports that CIA sources were killed

Chinese newspaper claims victory for the country after reports claim CIA sources were killed

It is claimed at least 12 CIA sources were killed (Stock image)

Monday, May 22, 2017

A state-run newspaper in China has praised the country for its anti-spy efforts, after the New York Times claimed around 20 CIA sources had been killed or imprisoned.

The New York Times said at least 12 people were killed by the Chinese between 2010 and 2012, who had been providing information to the CIA.

This reportedly ruined a network which had been running for several years.

China's Global Times hailed the news as a victory for the country, according to NDTV.

Itc commentary read: "If this article is telling the truth, we would like to applaud China's anti-espionage activities.

"Not only was the CIA's spy network dismantled, but Washington had no idea what happened and which part of the spy network had gone wrong.

"It can be taken as a sweeping victory. Perhaps it means [that] even if the CIA makes efforts to rebuild its spy network in China, it could face the same result."

But the article did claim that some of the New York Times' report was wrong, as it claims one source would not have been shot in a government courtyard, saying it was "most likely a piece of American-style imagination based on ideology."

The New York Times' website is blocked in China, but the story has been discussed in other Chinese media.

Many have also commented on the news on the website Weibo, which is similar to Twitter, saying they are pleased a spy network has been broken.