BYU grad arrested on charge of selling secrets to China

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Kevin Patrick Mallory, a BYU alumnus who is a former CIA officer was arrested this week, accused of giving classified documents to a Chinese intelligence officer posing as a member of a think tank. The man had been serving in an LDS branch presidency in Virginia.

PROVO — A BYU graduate who is a former CIA officer sold secret documents to Chinese intelligence officials, according to charges filed this week in federal court.

Kevin Patrick Mallory, 60, of Leesburg, Virginia, was arrested Thursday on counts of delivering defense information to aid a foreign government and making false statements. The maximum punishment for the first count is life in prison or the death penalty.

At the time of his arrest, Mallory, who speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese, was serving as first counselor in the branch presidency of the Chinese-language Twin Lakes Branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Centreville, Virginia. A branch is a Mormon term for a small congregation.

“The conduct alleged in this complaint is serious, and these charges should send a message to anyone who would consider violating the public’s trust and compromising our national security by disclosing classified information,” said Dana J. Boente, acting assistant attorney general for National Security, in a Department of Justice news release.

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