US arrests 4 suspects in China espionage cases

US arrests 4 suspects in China espionage cases

[JURIST] A former Chinese-American engineer at Boeing [corporate website] was arrested [DOJ press release] Monday for allegedly stealing corporate trade secrets related to the Space Shuttle and other aerospace programs and turning them over to China [JURIST news archive]. Dongfan "Greg" Chung was indicted [PDF text] last Wednesday on charges of economic espionage, conspiracy to commit economic espionage, obstruction of justice, making false statements to FBI investigators, and acting as an unregistered foreign agent. Chung's arrest is reportedly related to the case of Chi Mak [CI Centre backgrounder; JURIST report], a Chinese-American engineer convicted [BBC report] in 2007 of conspiring to smuggle sensitive naval intelligence data to China.

In related news Monday, federal agents also arrested [press release] three other suspects, including an official with the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) [official website] of the US Department of Defense, on separate espionage charges [affidavit, PDF] related to divulging classified US government documents and information to the Chinese government. Reuters has more.