Retired U.S. military intelligence officer sentenced to 10 years in Chinese espionage case

Retired U.S. military intelligence officer sentenced to 10 years in Chinese espionage case
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[Ed. – Awful.  Two others caught recently as well.]

Ron Rockwell Hansen, 60, of Syracuse, Utah, pleaded guilty in March to trying to pass classified U.S. national defense information to China, and admitted to receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars as an agent for the Beijing government. …

As part of his guilty plea, Hansen acknowledged soliciting U.S. national security information that he knew China would find valuable from a fellow Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) case officer, and agreeing to sell that information to the Chinese. …

Hansen, who is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Russian, was hired by the DIA as a civilian case officer in 2006 following his retirement from the U.S. Army as a warrant officer with an intelligence background, according to court records.

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Chinese intelligence agents recruited him in 2014, he admitted.

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