Chinese man charged with photographing Navy base in Florida

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Authorities arrested a Chinese national they said was taking photos at a U.S Navy base in the Florida Keys, according to The Associated Press.

U.S. Military Police, after seeing Lyuyou Liao taking photos with his cellphone near the Naval Air Station in Key West on Thursday, confiscated his phone and called a federal agent. Afterward, Liao was charged with entering Naval property to photograph defense installations.

Liao told Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents that he was using his phone to take pictures of the sunrise, but the agent reportedly found photographs of the Truman Annex, a restricted part of the base, on his phone, according to the AP.

Another Chinese national, Zhao Qianli, was arrested in September 2018 for taking photos at the same base. He told authorities he was a student who had gotten lost but had photos of government buildings on his cellphone and digital camera, according to the AP, citing court records.

Qianli pleaded guilty in February to a single count of photographing defense installations and was sentenced to a year in prison, according to the AP.

In November, Yujing Zhang was sentenced to eight months in prison after she was arrested on charges of trespassing in a restricted area and lying to federal agents after entering President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.

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