When it comes to stories like this, it’s important to stick to the facts and allow the courts to decide accordingly. As such, here are those hard facts: Kevin Malory, now age 60, is a former holder of TOP SECRET clearances, fluent in Chinese who sold and exchanged documents marked TOP SECRET (just blacked out) and SECRET. Apparently, he thought he could do things similar to what Hillary Clinton’s entire office did under her authority and get away with it. Mr. Malory’s was apprehended after a trip to China and subsequent voluntary questioning with the FBI.
During questioning, Malory discussed his meetings with the Chinese and certain parties in the Chinese Authority, as well as what he gave to them, which was also tracked via digital files that were transferred from him to the Chinese.
Mr. Malory gained his clearance back when he was a contractor for the government, specifically in the Department of Defence. Since 2012, his clearance has been dropped, but that was only due to the fact that he no longer held government contracts.
Despite the fact that some of the information he gave the Chinese was outdated, if it is marked top secret, then it is nothing less than espionage to share this information with anyone who doesn’t have the proper clearance. The penalties are quite drastic and are for each document or incident that they have caught him on.
Mr. Malory had his first Court Appearance today, June 22nd, 2017, and was formally charged with gathering or delivering defense information to aid a foreign government, and making material false statements. I would not be surprised to see more of this coming to fruition in the very near future.