Monday, July 28, 2014         

 Print   Email   Comment | View 1 Comments   Most Popular   Save   Post   Retweet

Illinois man sentenced for taking military secrets to China

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:12 p.m. HST, Mar 25, 2013

NEWARK, N.J. » A former employee of a New Jersey-based defense contractor was sentenced today to more than five years in prison for taking U.S. military technology trade secrets to his native China.

Sixing Liu, a legal permanent resident who has lived in the U.S. for 19 years, worked for Space & Navigation, a division of New York-based L3 Communications.

He was arrested at his Deerfield, Ill., home in March 2011 and accused of taking restricted military data and presenting them at two conferences in China. Liu was found guilty last fall on six counts of exporting defense data without permission plus separate counts of possessing stolen trade secrets and lying to authorities.

The projects Liu's company worked on included technology for rocket launchers, mobile howitzers and missiles.

Prosecutors said during trial that Liu took a personal laptop computer to conferences on nanotechnology in Chongqing in 2009 and Shanghai in 2010 and, while there, gave presentations that described the technology he was working on. That violated U.S. laws that prohibit exporting defense materials without a license or approval from the Department of State, prosecutors said.

Thousands of company files were found on his computer when he arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport in 2010, prosecutors said.

The government wanted Liu sentenced to at least eight years in prison, while Liu's attorney sought a sentence of one year, one day, contending that Liu made an error in judgment but never jeopardized national security.

The lawyer, James Tunick, said his client had not intentionally violated any rules and had downloaded information on his personal laptop to work on outside the office.

 Print   Email   Comment | View 1 Comments   Most Popular   Save   Post   Retweet

You must be subscribed to participate in discussions
By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. Because only subscribers are allowed to comment, we have your personal information and are able to contact you. If your comments are inappropriate, you may receive a warning, and if you persist with such comments you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, email commentfeedback@staradvertiser.com.
Leave a comment

Please login to leave a comment.
cojef wrote:
Could be misjudgement on his part, but his job required him to handle restrictive material that is highly classified and as such would have precluded him from removing the classified materials from the premises wher he worked. Only few individual possess the high level of classification to remove documents/material from the premises. In most cases downloading of classified material is unheard of. Having said that many defense contractors are lackdasical in how they handle classified material. The bureaucracy is much more security conscience and follow the protocols to the letter of the law.
on March 25,2013 | 03:38PM
Breaking News
Political Radar
`My side’

Political Radar
‘He reminds me of me’

Bionic Reporter
Needing a new knee

Warrior Beat
Monday musings

Small Talk
Burning money

Political Radar
On policy

Warrior Beat
Apple fallout