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Ex-CIA officer jailed for spying for China

IANS  |  Washington 

A former CIA has been jailed for 20 years for disclosing military secrets to a Chinese agent in return for $25,000, bringing to a close one of several cases involving Chinese bids to recruit former officers, the media reported.

Kevin Mallory, 62, was found guilty of several spying offences following a two-week trial in June 2018 and sentenced by a in Northern on Friday, reported.

Prosecutors said that he provided a with classified documents, a violation of the Act.

The from Leesburg, Virginia, held top-level security clearance and had access to sensitive documents. He was convicted of selling secrets to for $25,000.

at his trial included a surveillance video which showed him scanning classified documents onto a digital memory card at a post office. He also travelled to to meet a Chinese agent in March and April 2017, the said.

"Mallory not only put our country at great risk, but he endangered the lives of specific human assets who put their own safety at risk for our national defence," said G. Zachary Terwilliger, US for the Eastern District of

"This case should send a message to anyone considering violating the public's trust and compromising our national security. We will remain steadfast and dogged in pursuit of these challenging but critical national security cases," added the

The Justice Department said Mallory held a number of sensitive jobs with government agencies. He had worked as a for the and as an (DIA).

"This case is one in an alarming trend of former officers being targeted by and betraying their country and colleagues," said Assistant General following the sentencing.

Earlier this month, former CIA agent pleaded guilty to spying for Prosecutors said the naturalized American citizen was paid to divulge information on US covert assets.

Last June, former officer was also charged with attempting to spy for China.



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First Published: Sat, May 18 2019. 14:02 IST