Federal agents arrested a Pentagon official and three other persons yesterday in a nationwide sweep of Chinese espionage agents.
A “nationwide sweep” got four. Do you think that’s all of them?
The good news is that some of the secrets they stole were related to the space shuttle. Hopefully they spend the next ten years trying to build one.
UPDATE: Meanwhile: Are we making it easy for China?
The Commerce Department recently designated five Chinese corporations as “vetted end-users” who can now buy restricted technology with military applications without obtaining export licenses from the U.S. government.
The notion is that these firms are civilian enterprises that can be trusted not to pass along information to other Chinese firms or agencies in the military sector. This notion is insane. It is the result of heavy lobbying by American firms who want to sell Beijing whatever it wants, wishing only to make a profit as China expands.
UPDATE: From the comments:
These guys (the Chinese) DO NOT view war as an extension of foreign policy by other means, but all other ventures, including commerce, as an extension of war by other means.
Emphasis at end Murdoc’s. I was discussing China recently, and I wish I had had this then.
UPDATE 2: More background on Dongfan “Greg” Chung, 72, a former employee of Rockwell and Boeing:
Chung, a native of China who is a naturalized United States citizen, held a Secret security clearance when he worked at Rockwell and Boeing on the Space Shuttle program. He retired from the company in 2002, but the next year he returned to Boeing as a contractor, a position he held until September 2006.
The indictment alleges that he took and concealed Boeing trade secrets relating to the Space Shuttle, the C-17 military transport aircraft and the Delta IV rocket. Chung allegedly obtained the materials for the benefit of the PRC.