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An ex-CIA agent, was Friday sentenced to 20 years in prison for revealing military secrets to China and may seek to expose human assets, who was once his responsibility.
Kevin Mallory, 62, was found guilty back in June on charges of spying for China. U. S. District Judge T. S. Ellis III handed down in the sense that it is less than the life sentence sought by prosecutors, but the double of what the defense requested.
The former intelligence officer was convicted under the Espionage Act for the provision of confidential information to Chinese handlers in exchange for $25,000.
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Mallory’s actions was first known to the US authorities after he was randomly selected for a second screening at Chicago O’hare International Airport in April 2017 on a flight back from Shanghai with his son and customs agents found $16,500 in unreported cash.
During the voluntary interviews with law enforcement officials, He was then caught off guard when a Samsung phone given to him by the Chinese showed text conversations between Mallory and the Chinese recruiter.
“Your goal is to get information, and my goal is to be paid.”
— Kevin Mallory text of his Chinese handler
“Your goal is to get information, and my goal is to be paid,” wrote Mallory in a text message to his Chinese handler.
Prosecutor John Gibbs said that the ex-CIA officer was “desperate for money, and is the most valuable thing he had us land on the secrets.” The $25,000 He received was just a glimpse of what would have happened if he hadn’t caught, Gibbs added.
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The 20-year-old sentence comes after multiple delays, with the right to seek to clarify the precise value of the information Mallory provided to the Chinese, while the prosecutors and the defense clashed on the question of whether the defendant tried to put human assets in danger.
While a significant part of the case remains classified, according to court records, prosecutors believe Mallory is sent or intended to send evidence that would have exposed human assets described as “the Johnsons.” Gibbs said Mallory was the Johnsons’ handler as he was from the CIA.
Judge Ellis ruled that he could not say with certainty that Mallory planned on exposing the human assets, but said that his “long-term intentions were sinister.
“When I came to the conclusion that the sources had been compromised … I would be the imposition of a much more serious sentence,” Ellis said.
“If you choose to play footsie with another country … you have committed a crime. Do not think that you are a double agent.”
— U. S. District Judge T. S. Ellis III
The defense argued that a long sentence should not be applied, noting the small sum of money which he received from the Chinese and that he voluntarily provided his contacts with the Chinese to his former employers at the CIA.
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But the court noted that the reason Mallory received perhaps a small figure, because he was caught in an early stage of his work with the Chinese.
Mallory’s lawyers say they will seek an appeal against the conviction.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.