Kevin Patrick Mallory, a 60-year-old resident of Leesburg, Virginia, who had access to top secret US intelligence, has been charged with delivering defense information to China and faces life in prison.

China has been known to hack US systems and pay US officials for defense information as it tries to modernize its military and reach peer status with the US.

Previous incidents of Chinese espionage have included attempts to steal secrets behind the manufacturing of the US’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.


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