There are a lot of hard working dedicated patriotic personnel at CIA, and then there are those who decide for whatever reason to step over to the dark side, and sell out their nation to those seeking to undermine U.S. National Security.
We disdain those who sell out our U.S. The Chinese and the Russians disdain those of their nations who do the same. We take advantage when there is an opening, and they do the same. We salute our flag, they salute theirs.
Chinese Intelligence saw an opening and they took it (and they still are), their target — retired CIA personnel. Even though they're retired from the CIA, they still carry a lot of baggage in their upstairs, how the CIA system works. Gaining insight into how the CIA system works, is like a candy-store full of goodies to the opposing side. We do the same. All of this is a nightmare for our Counter Intelligence, as we, as theirs, when we're able to breach their National Security and gain access to their candy-stores. And they wonder why gray hair comes early, a nightmare for Counter Intelligence,
Back to the story, last year former CIA Jerry Chung Shing Lee plead guilty and was sentenced to 19 years for conspiring with Chinese Intelligence beginning in 2010 when he left the agency. His compromising CIA methods led to the deaths of Chinese informants.
The latest case is that of a 15 year veteran of the CIA, 67 year old Alexander Yuk Ching Ma of Hawaii, was charged today Monday August 17th with his selling U.S. secrets to China and then unwittingly admitting his spying to the FBI . Ma joined the CIA in 1967 and retired from the agency in 1989. Ma met with at least five officers of China's Ministry of State Security in Hong Kong. Ma disclosed CIA's internal organization, methods of covert communications, and the identities of CIA officers and assets.
After Ma left CIA, he got a job as a Chinese linguist at the FBI's Honolulu field office. There he copied/photographed classifed documents on missile and weapons systems as well as other U.S. secrets, and passed it on to his Chinese handlers. When the FBI became aware of Ma's treason they set up a sting posing as a representive for the Chinese government. The FBI recorded their sting on video. Ma disclosed to the FBI why he did it, he said he wanted the motherland to succeed. Ma also had an 85 year old relative who had worked for CIA also passed on information to Chinese Intelligence. He hasn't been charged as he suffers from an advanced cognitive disease.
The passing on of State Secrets to opposing sides, is no game, it all too frequently leads to many deaths, and wrecks many battlefields.