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Virginia man charged with spying for China: Justice Dept

If convicted, he could face life in prison or even death "under certain circumstances".

Mallory is charged with violating the Espionage Act, and specifically, for gathering or delivering defense information to aid a foreign government and for making false statements. Before 1990, he worked as a special agent for the U.S. Department of State's Diplomatic Security Service.

The CIA also declined comment, according to the Washington Post.

Mallory had previously said the device was supposed to delete messages, court papers indicate.

According to court filings, Mallory took the documents with him when he left the government in 2012 and sold them in pieces. While there, he met with an individual who he believed was working for the People's Republic of China Intelligence Service.

According to a criminal complaint, the former CIA agent was approached in February 2017 by a recruiter for a Chinese think tank named the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS), which according to the FBI, Chinese intelligence officers have used in the past for cover identities.

A former U.S. defense contractor has been charged with transmitting top-secret documents to Chinese agents in exchange for thousands of dollars in cash.

According to the affidavit, Mallory was stopped by a customs agent at Chicago's O'Hare Airport after he failed to disclose $16,500 in cash that he held in two of his carry-on bags. During an interview conducted by Federal Bureau of Investigation the following month, he admitted to meeting two people from Chinese think tank. Mallory also told CBP that he had not received anything from that person.

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The complaint did not identify the subject of the documents or which government agency they came from.

Mallory said in the May 24 interview that he only sent test messages on the device.

This is not the first time that Beijing accused of stealing US military information and classified information.

Mallory told agents it was in reference to unclassified information he'd already summed up from the contact, whom he claimed to be stringing along. But investigators inspected the device and unlocked secure messages which Mallory believed had been erased. "Prior to the demonstration, he had told the agents that he believed the communication system was created to delete all previous history".

Mallory allegedly added that he would "bring the remainder of the documents" in June. There he met with an individual who Mallory to whom he handed over several secret and top secret documents in exchange for $25,000. "However, I'm not sure it will be the Same amount for now and I will try, and for safety, we can not send u in one time or in a short period altogether, need to figure out a better way". One of the questions asked was if he had over $10,000 with him, Mallory checked no. The US government has routinely accused China of state-sponsored hacking of industrial secrets. He said he had met someone in China through a contact at his church. I had to get it out without the chance of discovery.

Another note to the contact said, "Your object is to gain information, and my object is to be paid for".

Revealed in Mallory's communications, the Chinese agent responded: "my current object is to make sure your security and to try to reimburse you".

The FBI analysis also discovered four documents on the phone, three of which are described in court documents as government materials.



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