Four Arrested for Passing Secrets to Chinese Government
Four were arrested today for passing sensitive U.S. government information, including classified national defense information, to the PRC.
Federal authorities remove contents from a home in New Orleans, Monday, Feb. 11, 2008. FBI agents raided the home in the Uptown area of the Crescent City in connection with a spy investigation of U.S. military secrets being illegally given to China. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)
Four people were arrested for passing secrets to the Chinese communist government.
The BBC reported:
Four people have been arrested in the United States for allegedly passing secret defence information to China. A 72-year-old former Boeing engineer is accused of giving China details about the space shuttle and other aerospace programmes.
In a separate case, three people are accused of handing over US defence department documents.
…Chinese-born Dongfan “Greg” Chung, 72, of California, faces charges including eight counts of economic espionage, conspiracy, and making false statements to FBI investigators.
The US justice department said Mr Chung, a naturalised US citizen, worked at Rockwell International and Boeing on the space shuttle programme. It added that he retired in 2002 but was working for Boeing as a contractor until 2006.
The charges claim he took Boeing trade secrets relating to the space shuttle, the C-17 military transport aircraft and the Delta IV rocket for the benefit of China.
In a separate case, a defence department employee and two others are accused of passing US government documents and information to China. The three suspects are Tai Shen Kuo, 58; Yu Xin Kang, 33; and Gregg William Bergersen, 51.
According to court documents, the criminal conduct spanned a two-year period from January 2006 to February 2008. Kuo, a naturalized U.S. citizen and New Orleans businessman, gathered national defense information on behalf of the government of the PRC.
Working under the direction of an individual identified in the complaint affidavit only as “PRC Official A,” Kuo cultivated friendships with Bergersen and others within the U.S. government and obtained from them — for ultimate passage to the PRC — sensitive U.S. government information, including classified national defense information. Much of the information pertained to U.S. military sales to Taiwan.
Bergersen, a Weapons Systems Policy Analyst at the Arlington, Va.-based Defense Security Cooperation Agency, an agency within the Department of Defense, was charged with being the source of the classified information collected by Kuo. Kang, a citizen of the PRC and a Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States, served as a conduit of information between PRC Official A and Kuo.
Meetings between Kuo and Bergersen took place at various locations in Northern Virginia, Charleston, South Carolina, and Las Vegas. On some occasions, Bergersen received undetermined cash payments from Kuo in exchange for information and documents he provided.
Kuo and Kang each face up to life in prison if convicted of conspiracy to disclose national defense information to a foreign government.
Didn’t we just go through something like this the last time a Clinton was running for president?
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