Monday, February 11, 2008


Federal prosecutors including Kenneth Wainstein, center, announce the arrests Monday.

Federal authorities bring boxes to a home following a raid in connection with a spy investigation in New Orleans, Monday, Feb. 11, 2008. (Bill Haber/ AP)

Feds: U.S. defense analyst leaked secrets to China
From Terry Frieden, CNN Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A U.S. Defense Department analyst has been arrested and charged with espionage, accused of passing American military secrets to the Chinese government.

Court documents unsealed Monday following arrests in two states identify the defense worker as Gregg William Bergersen, 51, of Alexandria, Virginia.

Bergersen is a weapons systems policy analyst at the Defense Department's Defense Security Cooperation Agency in Arlington, Virginia. He is charged with conspiracy to disclose national defense information illegally to unauthorized individuals.

In an unrelated espionage case, federal authorities in California arrested a former Boeing Co. engineer and charged him with working as an unregistered agent and stealing trade secrets for the Chinese government.

"These two cases plainly represent the magnitude of the threat we face," said Kenneth Wainstein, assistant attorney general for national security.

"It's a threat to our national security and to our economic position in the world," he added, "a threat that is posed by the relentless efforts by foreign intelligence services to penetrate our security systems."
Wainstein said the Chinese government is among the most aggressive of foreign powers seeking access to U.S. military and economic secrets.

Also in the Virginia case, two Chinese immigrants -- Tai Shen Kuo, 58, and Yu Xin Kang, 33, both of New Orleans, Louisiana -- were charged with conspiracy to disclose national defense information to a foreign government.


Giving away secrets to another country is serious business. The question I have is "When did they stop executing spies?"

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