A former operative of the U.S. intelligence agency has been arrested and charged with espionage. He’s suspected of passing classified information to China. The man was working with a family member who also worked for the CIA, so the U.S. Department of Justice will know on Monday.

Alexander Yuk Ching Ma, a naturalized American citizen, was arrested on Friday. According to the documents, Mom and his family member have been feeding U.S. classified Defense Intelligence to Chinese spies for over a decade. Mom joined the CIA in 1982. He had a top secret-security clearance. In 1989, he quit the CIA and moved to Chinese Shanghai. In 2001, he returned to the United States and settled in Hawaii.

The ball would have been rolling after three days of meetings in Hong Kong in March 2001, assigning the two prior CIA agents information to the Chinese liaison office on the personal and functioning of the CIA and the way in which the agency communicates in secret.

According to the case, after he moved to Hawaii, Ma tried to get a job at the FBI, so he could re-gain access to up-to-date information from the American government that he could then pass on to his Chinese contact.

The FBI office in Honolulu recruited Ma as a linguist in 2004. During the next six years, he regularly made copies and photographs of official documents and stole official documents that were sometimes branded as’secret’, which he took to China during frequent trips.

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