A military veteran who spent 20 years in uniform, Lieutenant Colonel Huajie Xu now lives on a quiet street in Winnipeg. But he did not serve in Canada’s armed forces. Instead, he was a member of China’s People’s Liberation Army, according to records obtained by Global News.

Before arriving in Canada in 2021, Xu worked at the military academy of the Chinese cyber warfare department that hacks Canadians and steals their secrets. Chinese state-sponsored cyber attacks have targeted Canadian companies, activists and government agencies. But three years ago, Xu obtained permanent residence in Canada and moved into a newly built suburban home in the Manitoba capital.