19 July 2024
Former CIA agent pleaded guilty to spying for China 3

Former CIA agent pleaded guilty to spying for China 3

The former CIA agent admitted that he had collected a lot of secret information about US defense and passed it on to China.

The former CIA agent admitted that he had collected a lot of secret information about US defense and passed it on to China.

Alexander Yuk Ching Ma, 71 years old, a Hong Kong-American, admitted to providing `a large amount of classified national defense information` to Chinese officials, according to a May 24 announcement from the US Department of Justice.

He was born in 1968 in Hong Kong, moved to Honolulu, Hawaii in 1968 and became an American citizen in 1975. He joined the CIA in 1982, was deployed on duty abroad and was allowed to access information.

In the following years, Ma lived and worked in Shanghai, China before returning to Hawaii in 2001.

Alexander Yuk Ching Ma received money from an FBI agent posing as a Chinese intelligence officer in Hawaii in images released to a court this year.

Prosecutors said agents at the Shanghai Office of China’s State Security Bureau (SSB) approached Alexander Yuk Ching Ma in 2001 in Hong Kong through another former CIA agent, known to the agency.

After three days of meeting, the Chinese intelligence officer gave CC1 $50,000 in cash and this amount was counted by Ma.

US officials soon began investigating Mr. Ma.

Former CIA agent pleaded guilty to spying for China

The lobby area of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Langley, Virginia, in 2008. Photo: AFP

According to prosecutors, during his 6 years working at the FBI, Mr. Ma continued to copy, photograph and steal confidential documents, bring them to China on trips, and then return home with many expensive gifts.

In 2006, Ma contacted his accomplices to provide the identities of at least two individuals in a series of images received from Chinese intelligence.

Alexander Yuk Ching Ma was arrested in August 2020 and detained for investigation for the past 4 years.

China has not commented on the information.

The recommended sentence in Ma’s plea agreement is 10 years in prison.

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