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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Chinese spies in U.S. to be charged by Feds for defense technology theft & conspiracy to export.... one spy will be charged with espionage....

So, were these Chinese spies who failed to register as Chinese government agents in the U.S. legally or illegally? And how is it that any one of them was given a job as a defense contractor or an electrical engineer for a defense contractor---and an opportunity to access sensitive Navy defense information and technology that, in the hands of the Chinese government and military, could endanger our military, warships, aircraft, and defense of this country?

Also, how long have these spies been in the U.S. and in these sensitive jobs? Who checked their backgrounds and hired them? And who will be charged with providing them access to the sensitive priority corporate information and embargoed defense technology documents they stole, passed on to the Chinese government, and attempted to smuggle out of the U.S.?

This *****Five Star, must read breaking news is in a column by Bill Gertz at The Washington Times. Some excerpts are below.
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"New charges expected in defense data theft ring"

"Federal prosecutors are expected to add new charges against several people in Los Angeles linked to a covert program to provide China with Navy defense technology and at least one will be charged with espionage, U.S. government officials said.

Defense contractor Chi Mak and his wife, Rebecca Laiwah Chiu, along with brother Tai Mak were arrested last year and charged with failing to register as Chinese government agents after a yearlong counterespionage probe.

Documents obtained after the Oct. 28 arrests provided investigators with new clues about the technology theft ring that included proprietary corporate information and embargoed defense technology related to Navy warships, officials said. Investigators think the spy ring passed the sensitive data to Beijing....

All four will be charged with conspiracy to export defense articles and attempted unlawful export of defense articles. Additionally, Chi Mak, an electrical engineer with the Los Angeles defense contractor Power Paragon, will be indicted on charges of unlawful export of defense articles and gathering defense information, an espionage charge....

Chi Mak is thought to have supplied China with sensitive information about the electrical systems of U.S. warships and submarines, including details of the Virginia-class submarine, and information on a new electromagnetic catapult to launch jets from aircraft carriers....

U.S. officials described Tai Mak, an engineer with Phoenix Television, as an intelligence courier for the Chinese military who was carrying an encrypted computer disk holding defense technology data when he was arrested. Tai Mak also will be charged with aiding and abetting and possession of property to aid a foreign government.

He and his wife were arrested at Los Angeles International Airport as they were about to fly to Hong Kong. Tai Mak was carrying an encrypted disk that FBI officials said contained data on a new technology for destroyers known as quiet electric drive. Earlier charges that Chi Mak, Tai Mak and Rebecca Mak failed to register as Chinese government agents will be kept in the new indictment....

Chi and Tai Mak were born in Guangzhou, China. The new charges were based on thousands of pages of documents found at the home of Chi Mak...."

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