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A Chinese man accused of serving as an agent of China will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars after being found guilty

Dongfan "Greg" Chung, 73, was found guilty of economic espionage earlier this week, as he reportedly was an agent for the People's Republic of China while working as an engineer at Rockwell International and Boeing.

During the 10-day trial in Santa Ana, California, without a jury, U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney said Chung served as a Chinese agent for more than 30 years.

"The trust Boeing placed in Mr. Chung to safeguard its proprietary and trade secret information obviously meant very little to Mr. Chung," Judge Carney said in a 31-page written verdict.  "He cast it aside to serve the PRC, which he proudly proclaimed to be his 'motherland.' The court must now hold Mr. Chung accountable for his crimes."

Chung is the first person to be convicted under Economic Espionage Act of 1996, and is believed to have taken Boeing trade secrets -- although it remains unknown how much information he stole, he reportedly took information related to the Delta IV rocket and NASA's space shuttle program.

The FBI and NASA began investigating Chung in 2006 -- he was arrested by the FBI in February 2008.  He had a high-level security clearance from 1973 until 2002, so the federal government will never be sure how much information he had access to.  Members from the Chinese aviation industry first approached Chung in 1979, and from 1985 to 2003, he gave lectures and updates related to current space technology.

Chung, who is a Chinese-born naturalized U.S. citizen, was previously out on bail, but now has been locked up until sentencing on Nov. 9.  He faces a maximum of 90 years for his crimes, and is expected to spend the rest of his life in federal prison.

Chung worked under the radar for a number of years, and was only noticed when Chi Mak, another Chinese agent, was convicted of offering defense articles to China.  Mak and his co-conspirators were given minimum 24-year sentences.

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RE: Wow
By knutjb on 7/17/2009 1:10:55 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe we should charge the Chinese for it by voiding a trillion dollars or so of the T-Bills they hold.

RE: Wow
By JediJeb on 7/17/2009 1:20:52 PM , Rating: 2
Sounds like a good idea to me.

RE: Wow
By ayat101 on 7/19/2009 12:59:29 PM , Rating: 2
Will not work for the simple reason that the USA needs to borrow MORE money from China, all those economic rescue packagages have to be funded somehow.

The USA can not do anything short-term, and both it and China know this.

RE: Wow
By ayat101 on 7/19/2009 1:06:20 PM , Rating: 2
P.S. If you *REALLY* want to piss off China, invite the Dalai Lama for an official visit to the USA. Give it a high profile in the media. Start talking up on the interntional arena the rights of Tibetans to freedom and self-determination.

Do the same for Uighurs.

Do the same for Mongols in Chinese Inner Mongolia.

The USA can not win with China on the economic front without comitting suicide in the process. However, the above is about the most sensitive part of Chinese political anatomy you can kick in response.

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