Lok Lau

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Person.png Lok LauRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(spook, whistleblower)
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On one of many visits to Sacramento's federal courthouse.
Member ofNational Security Whistleblowers Coalition
Interest ofGary Webb
FBI whistleblower
Lok Thye Lau with William Sessions, then FBI director

Lok Lau worked for the FBI. In 2003, he was the subject of The spy who was left out in the cold, by Gary Webb.[1]


Lok Lau was born in Singapore in 1957. He immigrated to the USA at the age of 19 and moved in with a married sister in Michigan.[2] In 1984 he was recruited by US intelligence.[Which?][3]


Lok Lau began work in the USA as a sheriff’s deputy.[2]

Legal case

In 2002 Lau filed a motion before the court of the Eastern district of California in which he stated that he has been recruited by US intelligence in 1984.[3] Regarding his activities as intelligence asset it was stated: "From a reading of the record, it is not difficult to discern that Lau was involved in espionage activities, kidnappings, trading in human slavery, illegal immigration, murder, torture, kidnapping, extortion, hostage taking and any number of other criminal activities that involved crimes against humanity, then and now, in his undercover work. Lau 'penetrated' the Chinese Triads, the Tong and other Chinese Organized Crime Organizations that trade in all of these things as a way of life. There is no way that Lau could have performed his undercover so well that he received awards and other forms of recognition were that not so.". This activity in turn, according to Bill Conroy, was "a path into the highest reaches of government power. In this case, they gave the FBI spy access to China's intelligence apparatus, allowing him to gather intel and cultivate human assets for U.S. intelligence agencies."[4]


Further media coverage of the Lau case