A worker from the Defense Department has been accused of “conspiring to relay classified information to a foreign agent.” From the Associated Press:
A criminal complaint unsealed in federal court in Virginia accuses James Fondren Jr. of conspiring to relay classified information to a foreign agent.
Authorities say Fondren was involved for years in what spy-hunters call a “false flag” operation — believing he was feeding information to one government, when in fact his handler was working for another country.
Court papers charge that Fondren, 62, provided information to a friend named Tai Shen Kuo, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Taiwan who lived primarily in Louisiana.
FBI investigators say that unbeknownst to Fondren, Kuo was taking orders from the Chinese government. Officials say Fondren believed the information was being sent to Taiwan.