A former U.S. government employee has been charged with espionage after he was caught attempting to provide top-secret documents to an apparent Chinese spy, the Gateway Pundit reports.
Kevin Mallory, 60, of Leesburg, Virginia, was arrested Thursday and was “charged with gathering or delivering defense information to aid a foreign government, as well as making material false statements,” according to court documents.
Mallory, who was a special agent in the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service, was caught with $16,500 in cash after he returned from his trip to Shanghai, China in April.
He was interviewed by Customs agents at O’Hare Airport in Chicago after failed to declare the cash in his carry-on luggage, according to the affidavit.
During his visit to Shanghai in March and April, Mallory met with a Chinese agent who claimed to work for a think tank called the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, which is sponsored by the Chinese government.
Beijing is known to use think tanks as cover for its espionage activities.