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U.S. Army Veteran Tried to Spy for China, Officials Say

His business relationship with Mr. Hansen revolved around buying American computer products, Mr. Zhao said.

Mr. Zhao’s company, Beijing Huaheng Technology Co., sells a number of products from digital forensic companies, according to its website, including Digital Intelligence, AccessData and ElcomSoft.

Mr. Hansen has owned or had senior management positions in several Salt Lake City-based entities, according to the Justice Department’s complaint. One is NuveStack, a company whose website offers information technology services. Another is the American & Chinese Friendship Promotion Society, whose website says its sole mission is to do just that.

U.S. Army Veteran Tried to Spy for China, Officials Say
U.S. Army Veteran Tried to Spy for China, Officials Say

A third entity is H-11 Digital Forensics, which once maintained a Beijing office and whose website advertises “digital forensic services.”

Mr. Hansen’s LinkedIn profile lists work experience at all three entities, and says he is the director of public-private partnerships at a Salt Lake City company called Broadway Capital, whose website says it provides “superior financial services.” The LinkedIn profile also says Mr. Hansen has made more than 175 trips to China and that he has an “extensive network” of government, business and military contacts there.

Multiple attempts to reach all four entities by phone and email were unsuccessful.

Reached by telephone late Monday, a duty officer in the press office at the Defense Intelligence Agency’s headquarters in Washington said that he was not familiar with the case against Mr. Hansen.

In the complaint, the Justice Department said that Mr. Hansen told an American undercover agent in April that China would pay $200,000 for the operations plan of the American military regarding “potential military intervention with China.” Earlier, he had told an undercover agent that China was interested in material about North Korea, investigators said.

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