Former CIA agent receives a 20-year sentence for spying for China

WASHINGTON: A Former CIA Official Was Sentenced To 20 Years Of Prison On Friday For Spying On China In A Case Called Part Of An Alarming Trend In The United States Intelligence Community.

Kevin Mallory, 62, Was Convicted Of Selling US Classified Defense Information UU To A Chinese Intelligence Agent For USD 25,000 During Trips To Shanghai In March And April 2017.

Your Objective Is To Obtain Information, And My Object Must Be Paid, He Said To The Chinese Agent In A Message Dated May 5, 2017.

The Mandarin Speaker With Fluency Served In The US Army US, Then As Special Agent For State Department Security Service, Before Becoming A Covert Case Officer For The Central Intelligence Agency .

Mallory Is One Of Several US Officials With High-level Security Clearances Arrested And Charged Over Unsanctioned Dealings With Chinese Intelligence.

Former Official Ron Hansen Faces 15 Years In Prison After Pleading Guilty In March To Charges Of Attempting To Sell Classified Information To The Chinese.

In April, A Former Diplomat, Candace Marie Claiborne, Pleaded Guilty To Lying To Investigators About Money She Received From Chinese Intelligence Agents In Exchange For US Documents.

And In The Most Significant Case, On May 1, Former CIA Officer Jerry Chun Shing Lee Pleaded Guilty To Spying For China.

Lee, 54, Faces A Possible Life Sentence. Arrested In January 2018, He Was Suspected Of Having Provided Beijing The Information It Needed To Bring Down To CIA Network Of Informants In China Between 2010 And 2012.

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 Of The Mallory Case.

" This Phrase, Along With The Recent Statements Of Culpability Of Ron Hansen In Utah And Jerry Lee In Virginia, Transmit The Severe Message That Our Former Intelligence Officers Have No Commercial Relationship With The Chinese, Or With Any Other Foreign Intelligence Service Adversary."