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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 Kougar on 7/18/2009 4:14:21 AM , Rating: 2
If this went on for 30 something years then his wife certainly did have a part in it. In the very least she said nothing, in the most she helped facilitate the crimes.

A few articles I read specifically mention that several different letters received from his handlers specificly requested Chung use his wife to pass on certain information back to the PRC instead of Chung himself, for security reasons. The only thing I've not seen mentioned was whether Chung did so.

RE: Wow
By FaaR on 7/18/2009 8:10:48 AM , Rating: 4
I'm talking about principles here, you understand? Not specific cases.

In the west, we generally pride ourselves with living under the rule of law, not knee-jerk gut responses like executing alledged spies and expelling their entire families and confiscating all their stuff.

If the wife's guilty in this particular case then she should be prosecuted as well, due process should be followed as usual of course. That's the way things work over here.

RE: Wow
By Scabies on 7/18/2009 8:06:42 PM , Rating: 2
...was found guilty of economic espionage earlier this week...

...alledged spies...

one of us missed something in the article...

RE: Wow
By DEVGRU on 7/20/2009 11:08:23 AM , Rating: 2
Thats OK.

I take solace in the fact that the FBI, the NSA, and the CIA will now be monitoring every fart, whisper, email, text, letter, package, purchase, and cell phone conversation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week of this guys' family, friends, and other 'naturalized citizens' from China for the rest of their lives in this country.

Nothing they ever do will be in private. His family may or may not be accomplices; but they will certainly pay for his crimes.

I'll take that justice. Part and parcel for any asshole that decides to spy on this country. I'm sure he could give a shit about his family though, as long as Mother China benefits.

"If they're going to pirate somebody, we want it to be us rather than somebody else." -- Microsoft Business Group President Jeff Raikes

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