It remains unclear how much time the spy will spend in prison. It appears that he faces 15 years.
A former Defense Intelligence Agency officer who spied for China worked secretly as a Beijing agent for five years and revealed in an intercepted phone call he was motivated in part by hatred for President Trump.
Ron Rockwell Hansen, a DIA operations officer until 2006, was arrested June 5 and pleaded guilty on Friday in Utah to attempting to sell national defense secrets to China. He faces 15 years in prison under a plea deal. Sentencing is set for Sept. 24.
Court documents in the case reveal Hansen was motivated by both money and an affinity for China. In seeking to recruit a DIA coworker as a fellow Chinese spy, he voiced fears that Trump would start a war and said that was a reason to cooperate secretly with several Chinese intelligence agencies or branches in providing information and trying to penetrate U.S. defense and intelligence agencies to obtain secrets.
Hansen admitted in the plea agreement he met frequently with Chinese intelligence agents beginning in early 2014.
Hansen's hatred for Trump was also detailed:
"The fact, because I hate Trump," Hansen stated. "I know he wants to start a war somewhere. I don't want you to die for no reason. That's the only reason we're having this conversation."