Ron Rockwell Hansen

Ron Rockwell Hansen Bio

Ron Rockwell Hansen is 60-years-old former American Intelligence Officer, who tried to pass secret military information to the Chinese government. He was sentenced on 24 September 2019 to 10 years in prison

MR Hansen received hundreds of thousands of dollars in exchange for information he shared with the Chinese government.

He was part of what prosecutors called a “troubling trend” of American intelligence officers being recruited by China for espionage.

Ron Rockwell Hansen Age

He is 60 years old as of 2019

Mr Hansen Work

Mr Hansen began working as a civilian intelligence case officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon’s main intelligence arm, in 2006.

After serving in the Army for more than 20 years, prosecutors said. He was a case officer for the agency for several years while on active duty and possessed top-secret security clearances for both his civilian and active-duty work.

Mr Hansen Share Secrets To Chinese agents

In 2014, Chinese agents targeted Mr Hansen for recruitment and met with him several times in China, the authorities said. Chinese agents would tell him what kind of information they were interested in and Mr Hansen would gather information for them, sometimes from industry conferences, according to Mr Hansen’s plea agreement.

From May 2016 to June 2018, he solicited secret national defence information from another officer within the Defense Intelligence Agency.

The information was about “military readiness” in a specific part of the world, Mr Hansen said in his plea agreement.

Prosecutors said in a complaint in June 2018 that Mr Hansen had told an American undercover agent that China would pay $200,000 for the operations plan of the American military regarding “potential military intervention with China.”

Mr Hansen flew from Utah to Seattle, where he had a connecting flight to China from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the complaint said. During his layover, he met with a former associate who was helping the F.B.I. in what turned out to be a sting operation.

That associate gave Mr Hansen classified documents, according to the complaint. Mr Hansen said in his plea agreement that he took handwritten notes on those documents and had planned to give the information to agents with the Chinese Intelligence Service.

Ron Rockwell Hansen Arrested

Mr Hansen was arrested in Seattle on June 2018 before he boarded a flight to China with secret military information, the authorities said.

He was indicted later that month on 15 counts by a federal grand jury. Fourteen counts were dropped as part of his plea agreement in March.

Ron Rockwell Hansen Sentenced

He was sentenced on 24 September 2019 to 10 years in prison. As part of his plea agreement, Mr Hansen was to receive a 15-year sentence.

But Judge Dee Benson of the United States District Court in Salt Lake City gave him a sentence of 10 years on Tuesday after he said Mr Hansen cooperated with federal investigators.

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