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Former Intelligence Officer Pleads Guilty To Attempted Espionage

Plea Agreement Includes 180-Month Federal Prison Sentence

SALT LAKE CITY – A former #DIAofficer, taken into federal custody by FBI in June 2018 as he was preparing to board a flight to China, pleaded #guilty Friday afternoon to attempting to communicate, deliver/transmit information involving the national defense of USA to #China.
Ron Rockwell Hansen, 59, of Syracuse, Utah, entered his guilty plea before U.S. District Court Judge Dee Benson in Salt Lake City. The plea agreement includes a stipulated sentence of 180 months, subject to approval of the Court. Sentencing is set for Sept. 24, 2019, at 2 p.m.
Hansen retired from the U.S. Army as a Warrant Officer with a background in signals intelligence & human intelligence. He speaks fluent Mandarin-Chinese & Russian, according to court documents.
Upon retiring from active duty, DIA hired Hansen as a civilian intelligence case officer in 2006. Hansen held a Top Secret clearance for many years, and signed several non-disclosure agreements during his tenure at DIA and as a government contractor.
Hansen was arrested June 2, 2018, on his way to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle, Wash., to board a connecting flight to China.
As a part of the plea agreement, Hansen has agreed to forfeit property acquired from or traceable to his offense, including property used to facilitate the crime.
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