June 22, 2017 / 8:16 PM / 2 months ago

Virginia man charged with spying for China - U.S. Justice Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Virginia man has been charged with giving top secret defence documents to an agent for the Chinese government, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday.

Kevin Patrick Mallory, 60, a self-employed consultant who has worked for the U.S. government and defence contractors, made his initial appearance in federal court on Thursday. Mallory faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted of the espionage charges.

Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Eric Walsh

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