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USFormer CIA officer jailed for 20 years for spying for China

01:05  18 may  2019
01:05  18 may  2019 Source:

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Kevin Patrick Mallory, of Leesburg, Virginia, was found guilty by a federal jury in June 2018 of several counts of conspiring to provide national defense information to aid a foreign government and making false statements.

“This case is one in an alarming trend of former U.S. intelligence officers being targeted by China and betraying their country and colleagues," Assistant Attorney General John Demers said in a statement.

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An ex- CIA agent has pleaded guilty to spying for China , the US justice department says, in a case About 20 informants were killed or jailed during that period - one of the most disastrous failures of US intelligence in recent years . January 2018: Former CIA officer Jerry Chun Shing Lee is arrested.

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The Justice Department said that Mallory, 62, held numerous sensitive jobs with government agencies and defense contractors. His career included working as a covert case officer for the CIA and as an intelligence officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). He held a top secret security clearance.

Evidence at Mallory's trial included surveillance video from a FedEx store in Leesburg, where Mallory could be seen scanning documents classified "Secret" and "Top Secret" onto a memory card, which FBI investigators found during a search of Mallory's home the day he was arrested.

Earlier this month, another former CIA officer, Jerry Chun Shing Lee, pleaded guilty to federal charges of spying for China. Ron Rockwell Hansen, a former DIA officer, pleaded guilty in March to espionage related charges and receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars while acting as an agent for Beijing.

(Reporting by Mark Hosenball; Editing by Mary Milliken and Leslie Adler)

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