A Leesburg-area man was arrested today on charges that he shared top secret government information with a member of the People’s Republic of China Intelligence Service. He faces up to life in prison if convicted on the espionage charges.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Kevin Patrick Mallory, 60, is a self-employed consultant with GlobalEx, LLC, who speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese. He is a U.S. Army veteran who has held positions with various government agencies, including the State Department Diplomatic Security Service, and several defense contractors. He held a top secret security clearance until he left government service in 2012.
The charges stem from trips he took to Shanghai in March and April where he met with an individual believed to be working for the People’s Republic of China Intelligence Service. During a voluntary interview with FBI agents on May 24, Mallory stated that the man represented himself as working for a People’s Republic of China think tank, the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, known by U.S. authorities to be a cover for Chinese intelligence officers. FBI agents found that he used a communication device provided by the unidentified Chinese agent to transmit eight documents, including at least one with top secret classification and two classified as secret. He also told investigators he was paid $25,000 for services he provided to the agent.
“The conduct alleged in this complaint is serious and should send a message to anyone who would consider violating the public’s trust and compromising our national security by disclosing classified information,” stated Dana J. Boente, acting assistant attorney general for National Security and the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
“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,” stated 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, who lives in the Raspberry Falls neighborhood, is charged with gathering or delivering defense information to aid a foreign government, and making material false statements.