FBI agents arrested Katrina Leung on April 9 and seized her computer and a number of documents including two directories of FBI personnel stationed in the U.S. and overseas. She is charged with one count of possessing classified documents and faces 10 years in prison if convicted. Two decades ago she was recruited as an informant by FBI agent James Smith, and given the code name “Parlor Maid” by her handlers.
Leung also allegedly had long-term sexual relationships with Smith, who is charged with gross negligence in allowing her to access classified material, and retired FBI agent William Cleveland, who recently resigned from his security position at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory. Smith is currently free on $250,000 bail.
Katrina Leung was paid $1.7 million by the FBI for her services. And in an affidavit filed by the FBI, she allegedly told them she was also paid $100,000 by the Chinese government. She reportedly used her sexual relationship with Smith to access confidential documents and pass the information on to the Chinese.
The government has until Friday to indict Leung and her alleged co-conspirator, Smith. Leung and Smith are scheduled for arraignment on Monday in federal court in Los Angeles. Leung is being held without bail.