Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Richmond, VA, United States (4E) – A federal jury in the Eastern District of Virginia last week found former CIA case officer Kevin Mallory guilty of transmitting secret and top secret documents to Chinese spies.
Mallory was convicted on four charges: conspiracy to deliver, attempted delivery, delivery of defense information to aid a foreign government, and making material false statements to investigators. He faces a maximum penalty of life in prison when sentenced on Sept. 21.
Mallory, 61, was arrested in 2017 and charged with delivering defense information to aid China and making false statements. He entered a plea of not guilty.
Mallory worked for the Central Intelligence Agency as a case officer from 1990 and 1996, and as a contractor between 2010 and 2012. He served in the U.S. Army and worked as a Special Agent for the Diplomatic Security Service from 1987 to 1990. He also worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency at some point in his career.
John Demers, Assistant Attorney General of the National Security Division of the Department of Justice, said “this act of espionage was no isolated incident. The People’s Republic of China has made a sophisticated and concerted effort to steal our nation’s secrets.” Demers also said it’s “a sad day when an American citizen is convicted of spying on behalf of a foreign power.”
A jury heard prosecutors and Mallory’s defense attorneys present different explanations for the fact that Mallory admitted to sending four pages of documents to Chinese spies and receiving thousands of dollars from them he didn’t properly declare on customs intake paperwork.
Prosecutors said Mallory betrayed the U.S. by selling classified information to the Chinese. Mallory was given special communications devices by the Chinese for communicating documents, including those classified as Top Secret, and about U.S. spies in China. Mallory’s handlers said they were working for the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences.
On the other hand, Mallory’s lawyers said he had “fallen on hard times,” but remained a “loyal and patriotic American who has served his country with distinction throughout his life.” The defendant’s attorneys said that he became suspicious that he was dealing with intelligence operatives and “tried to string the Chinese agents along” and warn the CIA.
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