On Thursday, a BYU graduate has been arrested and charged for selling US secrets to the Chinese government.

The Charge

According to the Federal court, Kevin Mallory, a 60-year-old BYU graduate and former CIA official, has been arrested on Thursday and charged for selling US secrets to the Chinese government. If he is found guilty Mallory could either be facing the death penalty or life in prison.

He allegedly sold a highly classified document and two other documents that were labeled as secret, to intelligence officials in Shanghai, China in April and March. According to the press release, Mallory had written to the Chinese contact: “Your object is to gain information, and my object is to be paid for it.”

“The conduct alleged in this complaint is serious, and these charges should send a message to anyone who would consider violating the public’s trust and compromising our national security by disclosing classified information,” said the assistant for the attorney general of National Security, Dana Boente at a news release in the Department of Justice.

Mallory asked for an attorney when he appeared briefly in federal court. He has so far admitted to meeting with people he believed worked for the Chinese government.

Comments On the Allegations

Mallory was working at the Twin Lakes Branch when he was arrested. The second counselor at the Branch, David Eccles claimed that he did not know about the arrest. “I’m deeply shocked and appalled by these allegations,” he said, and then refused to comment further. 

Andrew Vale, the assistant director of the FBI’s Field Office in Washington, 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.

“Furthermore, he allegedly misled investigators in a voluntary interview about sharing of this classified information. The FBI will continue to investigate those individuals who put our national security at risk through unauthorized disclosures of information.”

A former analyst who worked for the government, called Peter Mattis told reporters that China did regularly cover up for intelligence operations by using “think tanks.”

“Chinese think tanks can be used to invite someone over (to China) who is either a person of interest or a source,” he said. “That person comes over and gives a talk, and they’ll be met and have meetings with the local state security element or the People’s Liberation Army.”

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