Judge delays sentencing for ex-CIA man on spy conviction

A jury convicted Kevin Mallory of Leesburg last year under the Espionage Act for providing top secret information to Chinese handlers in exchange for $25,000.


                            Judge delays sentencing for ex-CIA man on spy conviction

ALEXANDRIA: A judge has delayed sentencing for an ex-CIA officer accused of spying for China. Prosecutors and defense attorneys have been asking for vastly different prison terms as a former CIA officer is formally sentenced for spying for China.

A jury convicted Kevin Mallory of Leesburg last year under the Espionage Act for providing top secret information to Chinese handlers in exchange for $25,000. He was arrested in 2017 after he was discovered with more than $16,000 in undeclared cash on a return flight from Shanghai.

 Prosecutors and defense attorneys will be asking for vastly different prison terms as Mallory, a former CIA officer is formally sentenced for spying for China. A jury convicted Mallory in 2018 under the Espionage Act for providing top secret information to Chinese handlers in exchange for $25,000. (Alexandria Sheriff’s Office via AP)
 Prosecutors and defense attorneys will be asking for vastly different prison terms as Mallory, a former CIA officer is formally sentenced for spying for China. A jury convicted Mallory in 2018 under the Espionage Act for providing top secret information to Chinese handlers in exchange for $25,000. (Alexandria Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Still, prosecutors and defense attorneys differ markedly in the severity of Mallory's misconduct.

Defense attorneys argue that Mallory provided information that was practically worthless at a time when he was financially desperate. They seek a term no longer than 10 years. 

Prosecutors say Mallory intentionally put human assets at risk. They've asked for a life sentence.