Neighbors of Army veteran Kevin Mallory, 60, were surprised to see FBI agents, including a K-9 dog, raiding his large Leesburg, Virginia home and yard as he was arrested last week on charges of espionage after allegedly selling top-secret government documents to the Chinese.
Currently a self-employed consultant with GlobalEx, Mallory used to be a special agent for the Diplomatic Security Service at the U.S. State Department and had obtained a top-secret security clearance, which was terminated when he left government service in October of 2012, according to the Department of Justice.
He made an initial appearance in federal court in Alexandria on Thursday.
Court documents revealed that Mallory, who speaks fluent Mandarin, traveled to Shanghai in March and April. He thought he was meeting with a person who works for a People’s Republic of China think tank, known as the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS), but federal agents were privy to the communications with the person, who was really a Chinese FBI agent, and learned that Mallory had transmitted a top-secret document and two secret documents to the agent and received $25,000 for his efforts.
“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,” said Andrew W. Vale, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office. “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.”
Mallory was subsequently charged with gathering or delivering defense information to aid a foreign government, and making material false statements.
Neighbors recalled seeing Mallory dig a large hole in his property last year, which was supposedly done to fix a broken pipe, but after the FBI raid on Thursday, they’re not so sure.
News reports are saying that Mallory had a sterling reputation among friends and families as a really “straight arrow.” He had a large showing in court of people who were willing to attest to his character, but the discovery of wigs and fake mustaches in his home led the judge to impose a $10,000 bond and release him on house-arrest.
Agents also found one SD card in his home, which contained eight classified documents on it.
The announcement of Mallory’s arrest was made by Dana J. Boente, Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security and the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. He said, “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.”
Mallory has held numerous positions with various government agencies and several defense contractors, according to the DOJ report.
Charges against the veteran, who had been wounded while serving in Iraq, include “gathering or delivering defense information to aid a foreign government, and making material false statements.”
A conviction would put Mallory behind bars for life.
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