CIA OFFICER ARRESTED
A Former Central Intelligence Agency officer has been arrested on charges of conspiring with a relative, who also worked for the CIA, to spy for China.
Alexander Yuk Ching Ma, 67, was arrested on Friday and charged.
He is accused of divulging classified national defence information to Chinese intelligence officials.
Mr Ma is due to appear in court today and faces a maximum penalty of life Imprisonment if convicted.
Mr Ma, a naturalised US citizen born in Hong Kong, began working for the CIA in 1982.
Prosecutors said he left the CIA seven years later and worked in the Chinese city of Shanghai before moving to Hawaii in 2001.
Mr Ma and his relatives were accused of spying for China over the course of a decade in a scheme that began with meetings in Hong Kong in March 2001.
The ex-CIA officers are accused of sharing information about the CIA’S personnel, operations, and methods of concealing communications with the Chinese intelligence service.
While living in Hawaii, court documents say, he sought work with the FBI to gain access to classified US government information once again to pass on to china.
He was hired by the FBI’S Honolulu office in 2004 as a contract linguist and is accused of stealing documents marked secret.
The un named relative with whom prosecutors say Mr Ma conspired is now 85 years old.
He is also a naturalised US citizen, who was born in Shanghai.
The documents say prosecutors are not seeking an arrest warrant for him at this time as he is suffering from an advanced and debilitating cognitive disease.