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An ex-CIA agent from Virginia, who goes by the name of Kevin Mallory, has been found guilty of spying on several occasions after a two-week trial last June.
Mallory, who is fluent in Mandarin, is from Leesburg, Virginia, and previously held a top-level security clearance, which granted him access to extremely sensitive documents.
He was convicted of selling China secrets for the price of $25 thousand dollars.
Former @CIA officer Kevin Mallory was sentenced to 20 years in prison on charges that he had been #Spying for #China and allegations he sought to expose human assets who were once his responsibility. https://t.co/bmqfXMiQpS
— The Epoch Times – China Insider (@EpochTimesChina) May 19, 2019
Favorite thing about this story is that he sold intelligence to China for…$25,000. https://t.co/vNxEojSaQw
— Jeremy McLellan (@JeremyMcLellan) May 19, 2019
A surveillance video showing him scanning classified documents at the post office was part of the evidence prosecutors used to convict Mallory of spying and selling secrets.
According to BBC:
He also travelled to Shanghai to meet with a Chinese agent in March and April 2017, the justice department said.
“Mallory not only put our country at great risk, but he endangered the lives of [people] who put their own safety at risk for our national defence,” US attorney Zachary Terwilliger said in a statement.
“This case should send a message to anyone considering violating the public’s trust and compromising our national security,” he added. “We will remain steadfast and dogged in pursuit of these challenging but critical national security cases.”
The Justice Department said Mallory held a number of sensitive jobs with government agencies.
He had worked as a covert case officer for the CIA and as an intelligence officer for the Defense intelligence Agency (DIA).
“This case is one in an alarming trend of former US intelligence officers being targeted by China and betraying their country and colleagues,” Assistant Attorney General John Demers said following the sentencing.
The scariest part is that this is not a one-time case. There are others.
Just earlier this month, another former CIA agent, Jerry Lee, pleaded guilty to spying for China as well. Evidence leads to the fact that he was paid to furnish information on secret US assets.