Ex-U.S. intelligence officer pleads guilty to attempted espionage for China: Justice Department

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A former U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency officer pleaded guilty to attempted espionage for China, for which he faces up to 15 years in prison, the Justice Department said on Friday.

The officer, Ron Rockwell Hansen, was accused of trying to transmit classified U.S. national defense information to China and receiving “hundreds of thousands of dollars” while illegally acting as an agent for the Chinese government.

Reporting by Makini Brice; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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