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As a former Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) officer in Utah, who admitted to selling classified national defense information to China, was sentenced to ten years in federal prison on Tuesday.
Ron Rockwell Hansen, 60, pleaded guilty in March to one count, attempt to collect or to provide for the national defense information to aid a foreign government. The charges carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, but prosecutors agreed to recommend a 15-year sentence as part of Hansen’s plea agreement.
U. s. District Judge Dee Benson less Hansen has a phrase of up to 10 years from the title of Hansen’s co-operation with researchers in the field.
Ron Rockwell Hansen. The Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office via AP)
Hansen retired from the U.S. Army as a warrant officer in 2006, and was hired by the DIA as a civilian intelligence case officer of the company. He told investigators that he was targeted for recruitment by Chinese intelligence agents while he was working as a government contractor in China. The authorities say that they have offered him hundreds of thousands of dollars, if he would get along with the technology, as well as information concerning the united states ‘ military and intelligence issues.
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Hansen, who is fluent in Russian and Mandarin Chinese, she told authorities, he attended trade shows on behalf of China and shared the information he gathered to the civil servants affiliated with the Chinese intelligence. In charging documents, alleges he was transferred to store software and a value of a few thousand dollars, in violation of the export control laws. The plaintiffs claimed that he was paid as much as $800,000 over a number of years.
The Washington Free Beacon, citing court documents, reported that, in addition to the money, Hansen the spy, was motivated by his dislike of the President’s Trump card. During an intercepted telephone conversation, Hansen is trying to maintain a SLIDE for an employee, as a colleague, a Chinese spy, saying that he was afraid He would start a war, and that it was justified to provide Chinese intelligence services to step up their efforts to penetrate the AMERICAN defence.
“The Chinese government will continue to seek to identify and recruit current or former members of the u.s. intelligence community,” Utah U.S. Attorney John Huber said in a statement. “This has been a very disturbing trend. These people need to remain vigilant and to immediately report any suspicious activity. The Hansen case is an example of what is going to happen to those of you that are in breach of the confidence and trust of the general public and the risk to our national security from disclosure of classified information.
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Hansen, a father of six, apologized to his wife and family before his sentencing in Salt Lake City and the state and federal courts, as well as with his colleagues in the u.s. intelligence community and the military, which he called: “my brothers and sisters in arms.”
“They deserve all of me,” Hansen went on. “I would be willing to do anything to go back and change it. Nothing.”
Hansen was arrested in June of 2018 and is on his way to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to board a flight to China. After his arrest, Hansen admitted that he had been called to the defence of the information in the SLIDE in case an officer on behalf of the Chinese intelligence services. The case officer reported in Hansen, go to the DIA, and agreed to become an FBI informant.
Hansen has made the case officer on how to record and transmit sensitive information without detection, and explain how the discreet laundering of the payment. On the day of Hansen’s arrest, the SLIDE in case an officer gave the Hansen’s confidential information, including national security-related information to the united states military preparedness in a particular area, — the information closely held by the federal government,” according to the u.s. department of justice.
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Upon receipt of the information, Hansen told the public exactly how it would be to take the information with him to China. The officer informed the authorities, who were waiting to make an arrest, Hansen in Seattle.
Hansen’s case is just one of many in which AMERICAN intelligence officers spying for China. In May, former CIA officer Kevin, He was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison for selling state secrets to China for $25,000. In that same month, ex-CIA officer, Jerry, Chun Sh, Lee pleaded guilty to conspiring with China to commit espionage.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.