Accused Of Selling C-17, Space Shuttle Secrets
An engineer once
employed by Boeing was arrested Monday, accused of stealing
information on numerous aerospace programs for China.
According to Reuters, the US Justice Department arrested Dongfan
"Greg" Chung, 72, on charges of espionage involving economic
secrets, conspiracy and other charges. Officials allege Chung
passed along secret documents relating to the C-17 Globemaster
transport aircraft, the Delta IV rocket, and the US space shuttle
program to China.
Chung, a Chinese native and naturalized US citizen, came to
Boeing from Rockwell International, where he worked since 1973. He
continued on with Boeing following that company's 1996 acquisition
of Rockwell, until he retired in 2002. He returned to the US
aerospace firm the following year as a contractor, however, before
leaving again in September 2006.
US officials say Chung used his secret security clearance to
gain access to trade secrets, and passed along that information for
years to Chinese authorities.
Boeing spokesman Dan Beck confirmed the planemaker was working
with investigators. "We do not comment on ongoing government
criminal investigations and will not comment on the subject matter
of the case," Beck said. "Boeing is not a target of the
investigation and has been cooperating with the government."
In related news, a US Defense Department official and two others
were also arrested Monday, on charges of passing along classified
US government documents to China.
Prosecutors say Gregg William Bergersen, a weapons systems
policy analyst at the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, passed
along sensitive information over a two-year period to an individual
referred to only as "PRC Official A" in court documents.