Virginia man charged with giving secret documents to China

According to the affidavit, Mallory told the Federal Bureau of Investigation agents that the only documents he transferred were two unclassified “white papers” he had written on U.S. policy matters, for which he said he was paid Dollars 25,000.But Mallory told the FBI he believed the person and his boss, whom Mallory also met, might be Chinese intelligence agents, the complaint said, and he showed the bureau a communications device the person had given him.He could face life in prison and the charges, if certain conditions are met, could make Mallory eligible for the death penalty, according to prosecutor John Gibbs.He is a U.S. Army veteran who has held positions with various government agencies, including the State Department Diplomatic Security Service, and several defense contractors.According to the affidavit, Mallory consented to a search of a device he used to communicate with the Chinese operative during an interview with Federal Bureau of Investigation agents on May 24.One message to a suspected Chinese agent, allegedly said: “Your object is to gain information, and my object is to be paid”.It is unclear how or when Mallory had obtained the documents or which government agency they came from.The 60-year-old from Virginia was stoppd by customs agents in Chicago after he failed to declare $16,500 (£13,000) in cash found in two carry-on bags.The BBC reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has confirmed that Mallory was entrusted with high-level clearance when working for the U.S. government.The FBI said they found four classified documents on the device, including three labeled Top Secret. But he assured the agent that the information was valuable.Analysis of the device through which the documents were transmitted revealed a handwritten index.”Kevin Mallory was previously entrusted with top secret clearance and therefore had access to classified information, which he allegedly shared and planned to continue sharing with representatives of a foreign government”, Assistant Director of the FBI’s Washington Field Office Andrew Vale said in a statement. Unless read in detail, it appeared like a simple note… He will return to court Friday for a detention and preliminary hearing.”These charges should send a message to anyone who would consider violating the public’s trust and compromising our national security by disclosing classified information”, Boente said.