Trump-hating former DIA officer who spied for China receives 10 years behind bars

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A former Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) officer from Utah who admitted
to selling classified national defense information to China was sentenced
to ten years in federal prison Tuesday.

Ron Rockwell Hansen, 60, pleaded guilty in March to one count attempting
to gather or deliver national defense information to aid a foreign
government. The charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, but
prosecutors agreed to recommend a 15-year sentence as part of Hansen's
plea agreement.

U.S. District Judge Dee Benson reduced Hansen's sentence to 10 years after
considering Hansen's cooperation with investigators.

Hansen retired from the U.S. Army as a warrant officer in 2006 and was
hired by the DIA as a civilian intelligence case officer. He told
investigators he was targeted for recruitment by Chinese intelligence
agents while he was working as a government contractor in China.
Authorities say they offered him hundreds of thousands of dollars if he
would pass along technology and information about U.S. military and
intelligence issues.

Hansen, who speaks fluent Russian and Mandarin Chinese, told authorities
he attended trade conferences on behalf of China and shared information he
gathered with officials connected to Chinese intelligence. Charging
documents allege he transferred forensic software worth several thousand
dollars, in violation of export controls. Prosecutors claimed he was paid
as much as $800,000 over several years.

The Washington Free Beacon, citing court documents, reported that in
addition to money, Hansen's spying was motivated by his distaste for
President Trump. During an intercepted phone call, Hansen attempted to
recruit a DIA coworker as a fellow Chinese spy by saying he feared Trump
would start a war and that was justification to provide Chinese
intelligence agencies with information for their efforts to penetrate U.S.
defense.

"The Chinese government continues to attempt to identify and recruit
current and former members of the United States intelligence community,"
Utah U.S. Attorney John Huber said in a statement. "This is a very
troubling trend. These individuals must remain vigilant and immediately
report any suspicious activity. The Hansen case is an example of what will
happen to those who violate the public’s trust and risk our national
security by disclosing classified information.

Hansen, a father of six, apologized to his wife and family prior to
sentencing in Salt Lake City federal court, as well as his colleagues in
the U.S. intelligence community and the military whom he called “my
brothers and sisters in arms.”

“They all deserve better from me,” Hansen went on. “I would give anything
to go back and change this. Anything.”

Hansen was arrested in June 2018 on his way to Seattle-Tacoma
International Airport to board a flight to China. After his arrest, Hansen
admitted that he had solicited national defense information from a DIA
case officer on behalf of Chinese intelligence agencies. The case officer
reported Hansen to the DIA and agreed to become an FBI informant.

Hansen showed the case officer how to record and transmit classified
information without detection and explained how to discreetly launder
payments. The day of Hansen's arrest, the DIA case officer gave Hansen
classified information, including " national security information related
to U.S. military readiness in a particular region -- information closely
held by the federal government," according to the DOJ.

After receiving the information, Hansen told the officer exactly how he
would be taking the information with him to China. The officer informed
authorities who were waiting to arrest Hansen in Seattle.

Hansen's case is one of several involving U.S. intelligence officers
spying for China. In May, former CIA officer Kevin Mallory was sentenced
to 20 years in prison for selling state secrets to China for $25,000. That
same month ex-CIA officer Jerry Chun Shing Lee pleaded guilty to
conspiring with China to commit espionage.



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