Former US Diplomatic Officer Charged With Spying for China

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The FBI Building in New York City. (Image: Flickr/cometstarmoon)

For several years, China and the United States have been involved in a war of espionage, and one facet of it has been exposed to the world. On June 22, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a statement that former U.S. diplomatic officer Kevin Patrick Mallory was arrested and charged with selling secrets to a Chinese intelligence agent and making false statements to the FBI.

If convicted, Mallory may face life imprisonment. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Mallory, a 60-year-old resident of Leesburg, Virginia, retired from the U.S. military service. He was a special agent in the U.S. State Department Diplomatic Security Service and worked in numerous government agencies, including defense contractors.

It is also alleged that Mallory worked for the CIA. Throughout those years, he held a top secret security clearance. In October 2012, Mallory left government service.

According to an affidavit submitted by Mallory in 2017, he visited Shanghai to meet a Chinese agent and his boss from the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, a Chinese think tank. They gave him a communications device used to transmit documents, and taught him how to use it.

Mallory said he sent the Chinese agent papers that he wrote using unclassified information, and did not provide anything else. For those papers, he received cash payments totaling US$25,000. Mallory was supposed to delete all documents he sent using the device.

However, the U.S. Department of Justice reported that after the FBI checked the device, they recovered messages and other electronic records that exceeded Mallory’s claims.

After the FBI conducted a thorough technical analysis of the device, it was discovered that three handwritten documents contained classified information, and one of those contained top secret information.

Translated by: Chua BC

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