Washington: A former Central Intelligence Agency officer was arrested and charged with spying for China in a scheme that involved a relative who had also worked for the CIA, the US Justice Department said on Monday.
It said in a statement that Alexander Yuk Ching Ma was arrested on Friday on a charge that he conspired with a relative, also a former CIA officer, to communicate classified information to Chinese intelligence officials. The criminal complaint was unsealed on Monday.
A naturalised American citizen, Ma started working for the CIA in 1982, holding a Top Secret security clearance, according to investigators. Prosecutors said Ma left the CIA in 1989 and lived and worked in Shanghai, China, before arriving in Hawaii in 2001.
Court documents allege that Ma and his relative conspired with Chinese spies to share US classified defence information over a decade.