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BREAKING: Dylan Farrow to discuss Woody Allen assault claim in first TV interview


Woody Allen and Dylan FarrowImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionAllen has never been prosecuted over Farrow's claim he assaulted her in 1992
by Tamara Kachelmeier and Biodun Iginla, BBC News Entertainment reporters, New York
Dylan Farrow will appear on US TV later to talk about her sexual assault claim against film-maker Woody Allen.
"I am credible and I am telling the truth," Farrow will be heard saying in her first television interview.
Farrow has repeatedly accused Allen, her adoptive father, of molesting her when she was seven, claims the director has always denied.
A number of actors have distanced themselves from Allen as Hollywood's sexual harassment scandal continues.
They include Timothee Chalamet, who announced this week he will give his salary for appearing in Allen's next film to charity.
Allen was investigated over a 1992 claim by Farrow that he sexually assaulted her at the family's Connecticut home.
Prosecutors decided not to charge the film-maker and he has always denied the allegations, which he claimed had been fabricated by his former partner Mia Farrow.
Dylan Farrow with mother MiaImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionFarrow, now 32, was adopted by Mia Farrow when she was two weeks old
In a series of tweets posted ahead of last week's Golden Globes award ceremony, Dylan Farrow reiterated her claims that Allen was a "predator".
"I think it's important that people realise that one victim, one accuser, matters, and that they are enough to change things," she will be seen telling presenter Gayle King on CBS This Morning.
The interview was filmed on Monday at Farrow's home in Bridgewater, Connecticut.
Sexual misconduct in the film industry has been a hot topic since last October, when a number of women came forward to accuse producer Harvey Weinstein of harassment and rape.
Since then a number of other Hollywood figures have been accused, among them Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman and Steven Seagal.

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BREAKING: Ex-CIA officer Jerry Chun Shing Lee held 'in China spying case'


CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. File photoImage copyrightAFP
Image captionJerry Chun Shing Lee began working for the CIA in 1994, the US justice department says
by Wang Yang and Biodun Iginla, BBC News, Beijing/New York
A former CIA officer has been arrested in the US on charges of unlawful retention of classified information.
Jerry Chun Shing Lee, a naturalised US citizen, was held at New York's JFK airport on Monday, the US justice department said.
He worked for the CIA between 1994 and 2007, when he left for Hong Kong.
The case is thought to be linked to an FBI investigation, which began in 2012, into the crippling of the CIA's spy operation in China.
In the two years before, some 20 informants had been killed or jailed - one of the most disastrous failures of US intelligence in recent years.
But officials did not know whether to blame a mole or data hack.
US media, quoting sources close to the inquiry, say investigators now suspect Mr Lee of helping China.

Who is Jerry Chun Shing Lee?

Mr Lee, also known as Zhen Cheng Li, served in the US Army from 1982-86, say court documents.
He began his CIA career in 1994 as a case officer trained in covert communications, surveillance detection, recruitment, and the handling and payment of assets (agents or informants), among other duties. He was given top secret clearance and signed several non-disclosure agreements.
Mr Lee remained in Hong Kong and only returned to America in 2012 to live in northern Virginia, the court documents say - according to one report lured by a fake job offer.

What happened during that visit?

The FBI's investigation into why the US was losing so many informants in China was by this point in full swing.
FBI agents searched his hotel rooms in Hawaii and Virginia and found two small books with secret records, the US justice department says.
They contained handwritten notes on details such as "true names and phone numbers of assets and covert CIA employees".
Mr Lee left the US in 2013 after being questioned on five occasions by FBI agents. He never mentioned his possession of the books containing classified information, say the court documents.
He has only now been detained while on another visit. It's unclear whether he knew he was still under suspicion.

What has he been charged with?

The justice department says that Mr Lee, 53, has been charged "with unlawful retention of national defence information and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, if convicted".
He has not been charged with espionage, which can carry the death penalty - with some reports suggesting the US may not want to reveal secret information in court or that the FBI has struggled to struggled to gather the quality of evidence required to make a case for such a charge.
The court documents make no mention of any covert link between Mr Lee and the Chinese state, but sources close to the investigation say this is the suspicion.
Mr Lee appeared in Brooklyn federal court on Tuesday after being arrested at JFK. He is being held there while awaiting transfer to Virginia, where a federal court has brought the charges against him.

Is this case unusual?

If Washington's reported suspicions are correct, this case has had enormous repercussions. Some 18-20 informants may have been killed as part of China's attempts to dismantle the US intelligence operation on its soil.
But it's only the latest chapter in a long saga of espionage and counter-espionage between the US and China - one, say analysts, that should not be eclipsed by the focus on Russian covert activities.
Tech giants have been banned from both countries amid concerns about industrial espionage.
Earlier that year, former CIA contractor Edward Snowden claimed that the US National Security Agency (NSA) was hacking thousands of Chinese computer networks.

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