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Newsline: Former US diplomatic officer charged with sharing secrets with China

A former US diplomatic officer has been arrested and charged with sharing secrets with ‘a Chinese agent’. According to an affidavit, Kevin Mallory travelled to Shanghai in March and April 2017. The 60-year-old from Virginia was stoppd by customs agents in Chicago after he failed to declare $16,500 in cash found in two carry-on bags. Andrew Vale, assistant director of the FBI’s Washington office, said: “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.” The self-employed consultant who has worked for the US government and defence contractors, made his initial appearance in federal court on Thursday. Mallory faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted of the espionage charges.



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