US diplomat arrested on charges of spying for China

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US diplomat arrested on charges of spying for China

A former US diplomatic officer has been arrested and charged with giving top-secret documents to a Chinese agent.

According to an affidavit, Kevin Mallory, a 60-year-old from Virginia, is said to have travelled to Shanghai in March and April 2017.

He also failed to declare $16,500 (£13,000) in cash found in two carry-on bags when travelling through Chicago airport, said the Associated Press.

Under the federal Espionage Act, he could face life in prison.

The FBI has confirmed he was entrusted with high-level clearance when working for the government.