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Bắt cựu viên chức tình báo quốc phòng vì tội làm gián điệp cho Trung Quốc


KH: Bộ Tư pháp cho biết hôm thứ Hai đã bắt một cựu viên chức tình báo quốc phòng vì tội làm gián điệp cho Trung Quốc. Ông Ron Rockwell Hansen, 58 tuổi, bị bắt ở phi trường Seattle-Tahoma hôm thứ Bảy khi chuẩn bị lên máy bay sang Trung Quốc. Hôm thứ Hai Hansen bị tòa ở Seattle buộc 15 tội hình. Theo hồ sơ tòa án, FBI đã theo dõi ông này từ năm 2014. Dưới đây là bản tin của VOA News trên đề tài này.




The central terminal Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is shown, Jan. 26, 2016, in Seattle. Former U.S. intelligence officer Ron Rockwell Hansen was arrested on June 3, 2018, while preparing to board a connecting flight to China - AP




Former Defense Intelligence Officer Held Over Alleged Spying for China


WASHINGTON — A former officer with the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency was arrested over the weekend for allegedly trying to spy on the United States for China, the Justice Department said on Monday.


The Federal Bureau of Investigation took Ron Rockwell Hansen, 58, into custody on Saturday while he was on his way to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to get a connecting flight to China.


The department said he has been accused of trying to transmit national defense information to China and with receiving “hundreds of thousands of dollars” while acting illegally as an agent for the Chinese government.


Reuters could not immediately learn who may be representing Hansen in the case.


Others arresting for spying


Hansen is the latest person in a string of former U.S. intelligence officers to be swept up in criminal probes related to spying for the Chinese.


Earlier this year, former CIA case officer Jerry Chun Shing Lee was indicted for conspiring to gather or deliver national defense information to China.


Another former U.S. intelligence employee named Kevin Mallory is on trial in Virginia, also in connection with selling secrets to China.


In the new case announced Monday, prosecutors said that Hansen speaks fluent Mandarin-Chinese and Russian.


He served as a case officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency while on active military duty from 2000-2006, and later continued that line of work as a civilian employee and a contractor.


He also held a top secret clearance for years.


Used travel to deliver information to China


The government said that between 2013 and 2017, he traveled between the two countries attending conferences and provided the information he learned to China's intelligence service.


He was paid via wire transfers, cash and credit cards. He also allegedly improperly sold export-controlled technology.


“His alleged actions are a betrayal of our nation’s security and the American people and are an affront to his former intelligence community colleagues,” said John Demers, the head of the Justice Department’s National Security Division.


According to court records, the FBI started investigating his activities in 2014. He was unaware of the probe, and participated in nine voluntary meetings with federal agents in Salt Lake City. Utah.


Prosecutors say that during his meetings, he told the FBI that Chinese intelligence had tried to recruit him, offered to cooperate as a source and even provided thumb drives to the FBI that contained classified materials he was not authorized to have.


Hansen appeared before a magistrate judge in Seattle on Monday, and is charged in a 15-count complaint.