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"USA today calls Merlin five performance white bread with zero surprises. CBS news update. I'm Deborah Rodriguez. KCBS news time is two thirty two. It's time for a segment from sixty minutes on CBS in this segment. Anderson Cooper spoke with officials who convicted Kevin Mallory of conspiracy to commit espionage about how their case game together. Kevin Mallory was down on his luck. Former clandestine case officer for the CIA when he was approached by a man the department of Justice believes was a Chinese spy officials say Mallory was a prime target for recruitment. It was out of work three months behind on his mortgage and thousands of dollars in debt, but as the Chinese discover Kevin Mallory wasn't exactly JAMES BOND. The department of Justice agreed to show us how they caught Mr. Mallory why they believe his recruitment by China. Is part of a massive clandestine campaign to steal not just national security secrets from the US government, but industrial and technological secrets from American companies. This is what espionage looks like the man standing on the right in the yellow shirt is Kevin Mallory who once held the top secret security clearance, while working for the CIA and the Defense Intelligence Agency footage from a surveillance camera at Virginia FedEx store in April last year caught him as he prepared to hand clerk stacks of classified documents to be scanned onto an ST card, the kind that can be inserted into a mobile phone. So this is the rare moment rate and an investigation in an espionage case for we actually have video footage of the individual preparing the classified material for transmission to the foreign intelligence service. We watched the tape with Ryan gainer, the FBI supervisory special agent who investigated. Mallory and Jennifer jelly who prosecuted the case against him for the national security division of the department of Justice. They say Kevin Mallory sent national security secrets to a Chinese spy on a covert community. Device. So here you see him talking with the store clerk about the scanning job and throughout this video. You see little pops of yellow little yellow pieces of paper that floss by when he's showing the documents that was important for us because the document that he successfully passed consisted of a typed up white piece of paper. That was the classified information followed by two yellow sheets of paper with his handwriting on them. And here you can see. So that's those are the can see the yellow sheets going through that scanning process. Prosecutors say some of the information Mallory sent could have revealed the identity of a couple who had secretly spied on China for the US. It was a very personal betrayal. Mallory had supervised the couple years before he was portraying people is people's lives at stake crack these documents instead specifically talked about human beings whose lives. Danger. If they had traveled to China, they could been arrested at that time, he gave the information to the Chinese intelligence officer. He knew they were planning on traveling to China. John D Moore's is the top official in charge of the department of Justice's national security division, which helps guard the US against terrorism cyber attacks and espionage. He's responsible for coordinating activities across law enforcement and US intelligence agencies. He says Kevin Miller is recruitment is just one of many efforts by the Chinese ministry of state security or MS s to spy on the United States. What is MS so MS is the principal intelligence agency of the Chinese government? And in rough terms it is like the CIA and FBI put together their capabilities world-class. They have cyber capabilities. They have expertise in turning people into cooperators, and they have all of the tools. And expertise of a very capable intelligence organization. John says Kevin Mallory having worked for any US intelligence agency in five years, but he was still of interest to China. He spoke Mandarin was desperate for money and have classified information. He might be willing to sell your looking for people who will be willing to work with you for one reason or another we start very slowly you start to see what information they're willing to share with. You originally innocuous information than something maybe slightly more sensitive and so forth and that relationship develops over time. It's a patient process. It's a grooming of of an intelligence assets, a grooming, and it's a constant testing to see what the person is willing to do. The Chinese didn't reach out to Kevin Mallory in dark alley like in a movie they made contact with him like any job recruiter. Would they sent him? A message on the career networking site linked in what could the Chinese tell from reading his link. Page when you look at this Lincoln page. It's very clear that he worked to national security that he had the type of background that the Chinese intelligence services are most interested in national security military international relations, killer terrorism security clearance, dispute resolution, this signpost to I was a former intelligence official, and it led to what you would expect. Mallory ended up in contact with this man who called himself Michael Yang and claim to be an employee at a Chinese think tank. So he's the Chinese intelligence officer. We believe him to be a Chinese intelligence officer and more importantly, Mr. Mallory when meeting with him believed him to be an intelligence officer over the next several weeks, Michael."