Former CIA officer accused of spying for China

Investigators say that he passed secret information for ten years.

A former employee of the US Central Intelligence Agency has been arrested and charged with spying for China. The US Department of Justice reported this. According to prosecutors, a relative of the suspect who worked for the CIA took part in the scheme to transmit information to Beijing.

In a statement, the Ministry of Justice notes that Alexander Yuk Ching Ma was born in Hong Kong, received American citizenship, and began working for the CIA in 1982, where he had access to secret documents. Prosecutors said Ma left the CIA in 1989 and lived and worked in Shanghai before moving to Hawaii in 2001.

In court documents, it is said that Ma and his cousin conspired with the Chinese intelligence services and shared with them the secret in the field of defense over ten years.

The prosecution alleges that the spying for China began with a three-day meeting in Hong Kong in March 2001, during which two former CIA officers provided information to the Chinese intelligence services about the Agency’s employees, its activities, and methods of hiding communications.

Prosecutors said some of the meetings were recorded on video, including one in which Ma can be seen with $ 50,000 in cash that He received for passing on information.

Court documents say that after Ma moved to Hawaii, he tried to get a job with the FBI to restore access to government secrets that He could then pass on to Chinese intelligence services.

The FBI’s Honolulu office hired Ma as a linguist in 2004. Investigators said that over the next six years, he regularly copied, photographed, and stole official documents, some of which were marked “secret,” and took some of them during his frequent trips to China.

In the Protocol of the Federal court in Honolulu was not specified, who is Ma’s lawyer.

The CIA and FBI have not yet answered the question of why Ma was arrested for so long.