By Jim Campbell
June 6th, 2018
Hansen and Mallory could well be the tips of deeply hidden and dangerous icebergs.
In another case of what appears to be, “Follow the Money,” history looks once again like it’s repeating itself.
It would be fool hardy to believe otherwise.
If they are convicted they must follow in the foot steps of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg executed in 1953.
Julius was arrested in July 1950, and Ethel in August of that same year, on the charge of conspiracy to commit espionage.
Specifically, they were accused of heading a spy ring that passed top-secret information concerning the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union.
The Rosenberg’s vigorously protested their innocence, but after a brief trial in March 1951 they were convicted.
On April 5, 1951, a judge sentenced them to death.
The pair was taken to Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, New York, to await execution.
Good nigh Julius
During the next two years, the couple became the subject of both national and international debate.
Many people believed that the Rosenberg’s were the victims of a surge of hysterical anticommunist feeling in the United States, and protested that the death sentence handed down was cruel and unusual punishment.
Most Americans, however, believed that the Rosenberg’s had been dealt with justly.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower spoke for many Americans when he issued a statement declining to invoke executive clemency for the pair.
He stated, “I can only say that, by immeasurably increasing the chances of atomic war, the Rosenberg’s may have condemned to death tens of millions of innocent people all over the world.
The execution of two human beings is a grave matter.
But even graver is the thought of the millions of dead whose deaths may be directly attributable to what these spies have done.”
The two million plus members of the federal bureaucracy is a fertile field of additional “tips of icebergs.”
The elected representatives of Congress and their professional staff (and permanent, regardless of who is elected, staff members) are a fertile field of corruptible candidates.
By the way, WSJ reporter Aruna Viswanatha, in order to be consistent with WSJ Washington bureau standards, could have written the “overwhelming incompetence of intelligence, and department heads, under the Obama Administration, has led to the use of federal data to leverage federal employees to commit treason, according to someone familiar with the matter.”
Excuse me Ms Viswanatha, I forgot: the WSJ Wash bureau narrative protects Obama and his cabal involved in like crimes.
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
June 6th, 2018
Ex-CIA Officer’s Case Highlights Fears About Reach of Chinese Spying
Prosecutors say China is seeking to cultivate former U.S. intelligence officers with security clearances—and personal problems
ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Former U.S. intelligence officer Kevin Mallory was months behind on his mortgage, $30,000 in debt, and getting financial help from his church, when Chinese agents approached him in 2017 to work for them, according to testimony at his espionage trial this past week.
“This is the choice Mr. Mallory made,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Gellie said, telling jurors that the military veteran, who has worked for the Central Intelligence Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency, sold top-secret information about DIA’s priorities to a Chinese intelligence agent.
Mr. Mallory has pleaded not guilty and said he only developed the relationship with the Chinese agent so he could turn him over to his former colleagues.
The case highlights a concern by U.S. officials that China is employing increasingly targeted efforts to cultivate former U.S. intelligence officers with security clearances—and personal problems—in an effort to obtain access to sensitive information.
Earlier this week, another former DIA officer, Ron Hansen of Utah, was charged with trying to provide classified information to Chinese agents and smuggling technology to them.
Mr. Hansen—who served in the Army for more than 20 years, worked as a DIA case officer and spoke fluent Mandarin and Russian—was arrested near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Saturday as he was on his way to board a flight to China.
Prosecutors accused Mr. Hansen, 58, of working with two Chinese intelligence officers to try to elicit classified information from his former DIA colleagues.
Mr. Hansen couldn’t be reached to comment, and a lawyer hasn’t yet appeared in court on his behalf.
Like Mr. Mallory, Mr. Hansen was allegedly deeply in debt.
One of his companies, which prosecutors described as providing cloud-computing IT services, reported $1.1 million in losses in 2014, and Mr. Hansen had carried more than $150,000 in personal debt since 2012, according to the complaint filed against him.
In late 2016, he started borrowing funds against the credit cards of his family members, prosecutors said.
Dean Boyd, spokesman for the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, said foreign intelligence services are targeting current and former U.S. intelligence officials “with money, business opportunities and other methods of recruitment.”
“Although a spate of espionage-related investigations and prosecutions have hit the news of late, this is not a new problem, but one that remains a persistent and constant challenge,” Mr. Boyd said, adding that China’s intelligence services “are particularly aggressive actors.”
The Chinese government has vast resources for this purpose, said Larry Pfeiffer, a former chief of staff at the CIA and now a senior adviser at the Chertoff Group, a security consulting firm.
Other countries, including Russia, often have similar intent but lack Beijing’s limitless supply of intelligence officers and money, he said.
“Money is one of the classic enticements,” Mr. Pfeiffer said.
“There are a handful of things that people will turn against their country for, and money is one of them.”
Mr. Pfeiffer and other former U.S. intelligence officials said China may be further aided by its alleged theft of sensitive data on current and former government employees from the Office of Personnel Management.
The breach of the federal agency by suspected Chinese hackers, disclosed in 2015, alarmed authorities who feared it could boost Chinese efforts to zero in on U.S. intelligence officers. China has previously denied responsibility for the OPM breach.
There is no public indication that Chinese agents targeted Mr. Mallory or Mr. Hansen with information specifically from the OPM breach.
A FBI spokesman declined to comment.
Please see the entire article below.
China has generally avoided commenting specifically on the cases.
DIA is an intelligence agency that provides the Defense Department with military intelligence information.
Over a week of testimony in the Mallory case, prosecutors have laid out a case they said shows the former CIA officer was approached in a textbook manner by Chinese intelligence agents and responded as a recruited spy would.
Ms. Gellie, the prosecutor, read messages that Mr. Mallory allegedly exchanged with the suspected Chinese agent, who described how he would reimburse Mr. Mallory and said he was concerned about Mr. Mallory’s safety.
Former DIA official Michael Higgins, on the witness stand, said this fit the pattern of Chinese intelligence operations.
“It makes perfect sense,” he said, repeatedly, as Ms. Gellie recounted the messages.
In an opening statement and through cross-examination, Mr. Mallory’s lawyers acknowledged his financial troubles.
A CIA employee whom Mr. Mallory contacted about the Chinese agent testified against him last week, saying he knew of Mr. Mallory’s financial troubles because they attended the same Chinese congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
“I wrote the checks,” said the witness, Ralph Stephenson, referring to checks from the church to needy members that Mr. Mallory had received. He also said he found Mr. Mallory’s outreach extremely inappropriate and informed security.
Mr. Mallory’s lawyers argued that Mr. Mallory had good intentions in continuing to meet with the Chinese agent and that he had spoken to CIA employees to inform them of his relationship to the agent. “Mr. Mallory knocked on the front door to tell the CIA what he knew,” said his lawyer, Geremy Kamens. “If he was motivated by money, he would have kept his mouth shut.”
Mr. Hansen, too, was arrested after discussing his Chinese contacts with FBI and DIA officials.
He approached FBI agents in 2015 and proposed acting as a double agent of sorts, providing the U.S. with information about Chinese intelligence, the complaint against him said. The FBI had already begun an investigation into Mr. Hansen in 2014, the document said.
The investigation picked up in 2016 after Mr. Hansen approached a former DIA associate, who reported the outreach and became a confidential informant for the FBI. Prosecutors said Mr. Hansen tried to get this informant to provide information on “U.S. positions related to North Korea, South Korea and China,” telling the informant that Chinese agents could pay for the information.
The informant met with Mr. Hansen and provided him with classified information just moments before Mr. Hansen was arrested, prosecutors said.
Write to Aruna Viswanatha at Aruna.Viswanatha@wsj.com