China Dismisses Links to Engineer Convicted in US of Economic Espionage

AP reports on China’s reaction to the conviction by U.S. court of a Boeing engineer on economic espionage charges last week:

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a brief statement the charges against former Boeing Co. engineer Dongfan “Greg” Chung were “fabricated.”

“The allegations about a Chinese person stealing trade secrets in the U.S. for China is purely fabricated out of ulterior motives,” the statement said.

A federal judge in California found Chung guilty of six counts of economic espionage and other charges for hoarding 300,000 pages of sensitive documents in his home, including information about the U.S. space shuttle and a booster rocket.

Chung, 73, could face up to 90 years in prison at his sentencing, scheduled for November. His defense attorney said he planned to appeal.

Chung’s conviction marks the first case filed under the Economic Espionage Act. For more details of the case, see this page from the CI Centre.

July 20, 2009 9:35 PM
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