On Monday in Los Angeles an ex-Boeing engineer, Dongfan "Greg" Chung, 73, who was born in China, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for he was accused of passing space shuttle secrets to China.
This is a first conviction in the US on economic espionage. For about 30 years the man had acted as an agent of the Chinese government, the judge found. Several pages of sensitive documents were found at his home by federal agents.
Those documents were related to aerospace and military technologies. His defense lawyers said Chung did nothing wrong, and that he was only a "pack rat" who had hoarded documents at his home.