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Saturday, 16 June 2018

Former US intelligence officer accused of trying to spy for China



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A former US intelligence officer has been arrested after allegedly trying to sell American defense secrets to China, during a period of heightened tension between Beijing and Washington over both trade and national security.
Ron Hansen, a former Defense Intelligence Agency officer, was arrested by US authorities at the weekend on federal charges, including the attempted transmission of national defense information to China's government.
Mr. Hansen "allegedly attempted to transmit national defense information to the People's Republic of China's intelligence service and also allegedly received hundreds of thousands of dollars while illegally acting as an agent of China", said John C Demers, assistant attorney-general for national security.

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