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Ex-CIA officer found guilty of espionage

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A former CIA officer was found guilty of espionage, on behalf of China, and lying to the FBI about communication with Chinese officials, the New York Times reports. The officer, Kevin Mallory, faces life in prison following the verdict.

The intrigue: Per the times, the prosecution called his story "totally and completely absurd," explaining that he "selectively disclosed his contacts in order to have a potential defense in case federal investigators caught on to his true plan: to trade American secrets for cash." However, Mallory’s lawyers persistently denied the charges claiming that he is "a former C.I.A. clandestine officer and a private consultant, is a patriot who planned to use his recruitment to lure Chinese intelligence handlers into the C.I.A.'s grasp."