Dickson Yeo tried to get a job in Singapore agencies dealing with classified issues: Ex-diplomat

The experts said the facts of the spying case involving Dickson Yeo (above) paint a textbook picture of espionage operations.
The experts said the facts of the spying case involving Dickson Yeo (above) paint a textbook picture of espionage operations. PHOTO: DICKSON YEO/FACEBOOK
New: Gift this subscriber-only story to your friends and family

Before Dickson Yeo went to the United States to spy for China - a charge he has since confessed to - he once tried to get a job in Singapore that would give him access to sensitive information.

Former senior diplomat and trade negotiator Barry Desker said Yeo had "tried unsuccessfully to secure employment in Singapore government agencies dealing with classified issues". He was not able to elaborate for security reasons.

Already a subscriber? 

Read the full story and more at $9.90/month

Get exclusive reports and insights with more than 500 subscriber-only articles every month

Unlock these benefits

  • All subscriber-only content on ST app and straitstimes.com

  • Easy access any time via ST app on 1 mobile device

  • E-paper with 2-week archive so you won't miss out on content that matters to you

Join ST's Telegram channel and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 03, 2020, with the headline Dickson Yeo tried to get a job in Singapore agencies dealing with classified issues: Ex-diplomat. Subscribe