Beijing: Two persons including a military veteran have been convicted in China for working for an overseas spy agency and selling state secrets.
A military veteran, surnamed Zhan who was working in the Hunan urban management bureau since 2004 alleged to have stolen more than 10 classified files including six intelligence files from the army and earned at least 10,000 yuan (USD 1,610).
He was sentenced in December 2014.
Zhan publicly admitted he needed financial support, state-run Global Times reported today.
Hunan security authorities said foreign spy agencies collected information by keeping in touch with the Chinese people through the Internet.
Another man surnamed Peng, a teacher and the chairman of a school's teachers' union, was found stealing classified documents from government departments.
Peng had also asked for secret files from government and ruling Communist Party organisations.
Peng, who was contacted by a spy agency through instant messenger Tencent QQ in October 2008, was paid over 60,000 yuan for sending more than 100 pieces of classified material to the agency.
The agency told Peng that they had business connections in China and needed information on Chinese policy and the economy, the Hunan authorities said.
Peng's behavior had a serious effect on China's national security interests and authorities arrested him in June 20, the report said without specifying their prison terms.