Friday, 23 June 2017

Ex-US Diplomatic Officer Charged With Giving Top-Secret Documents To Chinese Agent


A former US diplomatic officer has been arrested and charged with giving top-secret documents to a Chinese agent.

According to an affidavit, Kevin Mallory, a 60-year-old from Virginia, is said to have travelled to Shanghai in March and April 2017.

He also failed to declare $16,500 (拢13,000) in cash found in two carry-on bags when travelling through Chicago airport, said the Associated Press. Under the federal Espionage Act, he could face
life in prison.

The FBI has confirmed he was entrusted with high-level clearance when working for the government.

His access was rescinded when he ceased to be a state employee in 2012, after which he became a self-employed consultant.

During a voluntary interview with FBI agents in May, Mr Mallory said the person he met in Shanghai told him he was working for a Chinese think-tank, the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS).

The FBI has, since at least 2014, believed that Chinese spies use SASS affiliations to cover-up their identities, according to the聽US Department of Justice.

The affidavit also detailed a note Mr Mallory allegedly wrote to the individual, saying "your object is to gain information, and my object is to be paid".

A man has been charged with terrorism-related murder and attempted murder after a van was driven into worshippers near a mosque in north London.

Darren Osborne, 47, from Cardiff, was arrested after the incident in Finsbury Park in the early hours of Monday.

People were leaving prayers when the attack happened - killing one and leaving nine others in hospital.

Mr Osborne appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court, wearing a white police issue T-shirt.
In a hearing that lasted four minutes, he gave his name and date of birth, and said he had no address.
He was remanded in custody until a preliminary appearance at the Old Bailey on Tuesday.

The attack happened shortly before 00:20 BST, when the vehicle mounted the pavement outside Muslim Welfare House - which is also a community centre - on Seven Sisters Road.


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