A former CIA officer was convicted Friday on charges he spied for China by providing top secret information in exchange for $25,000, the AP reports. Kevin Mallory, 61, of Leesburg, Virginia, faces up to life in prison, although federal sentences are often less than the maximum. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Sept. 21. Mallory was charged under the Espionage Act last year after he was discovered with more than $16,000 in undeclared cash on a return flight from Shanghai. Prosecutors said he was desperate for cash and transmitted classified information to a Chinese handler. His acts were far from isolated as China actively tries to gather classified US information, federal prosecutors said immediately after his espionage conviction.
"The People's Republic of China has made a sophisticated and concerted effort to steal our nation's secrets," Assistant Attorney General Demers says. "Today's conviction demonstrates that we remain vigilant against this threat and hold accountable all those who put the United States at risk through espionage." Defense lawyers said Mallory provided no information of consequence, pursued legitimate consultant work, and reported his suspicions that the Chinese were trying to solicit secrets to his old contacts at the CIA. The Chinese apparently gave Mallory a cellphone that was supposed to delete their text messages, but when Mallory gave his phone to FBI investigators, long histories of text messages were still there. Click for the full story.
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