Formal CIA Officer Faces Charges Over Spying on China 

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Formal CIA Officer Faces Charges Over Spying on China

On Monday, the United States Department of Justice announced that one former CIA Officer Alexander Yuk Ching Ma was arrested and charged with spying for China.

67-year-old Alexander Yuk Ching Ma for over two decades has been conspiring with a relative of his, who was also a former CIA officer, to communicate top secret material to intel agents from China. Yuk Ching Ma disclosed a substantial amount of highly classified national defense information of the United States to the MSS officers.

Accused spy Alexander Yuk Ching Ma
Alexander Yuk Ching Ma

 

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From The United States Department of Justice:

Alexander Yuk Ching Ma, 67, a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer, was arrested on Aug. 14, 2020, on a charge that he conspired with a relative of his who also was a former CIA officer to communicate classified information up to the Top Secret level to intelligence officials of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The Criminal Complaint containing the charge was unsealed this morning.

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Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney for the District of Hawaii Kenji M. Price, Assistant Director of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division Alan E. Kohler Jr., and Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Honolulu Field Office Eli S. Miranda made the announcement.

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“The trail of Chinese espionage is long and, sadly, strewn with former American intelligence officers who betrayed their colleagues, their country and its liberal democratic values to support an authoritarian communist regime,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers. “This betrayal is never worth it. Whether immediately, or many years after they thought they got away with it, we will find these traitors and we will bring them to justice. To the Chinese intelligence services, these individuals are expendable. To us, they are sad but urgent reminders of the need to stay vigilant.”

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 “The charges announced today are a sobering reminder to our communities in Hawaii of the constant threat posed by those who seek to jeopardize our nation’s security through acts of espionage,” said U.S. Attorney Price. “Of particular concern are the criminal acts of those who served in our nation’s intelligence community, but then choose to betray their former colleagues and the nation-at large by divulging classified national defense information to China. My office will continue to tenaciously pursue espionage cases.” See details here

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