First US economic espionage trial against Chinese-born space engineer winds down in California

Engineer’s space secrets trial winds down in Calif

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Closing arguments have begun in the Southern California trial of a Chinese-born engineer accused of stealing trade secrets critical to the U.S. space program.

It’s the first economic espionage case to reach trial since the Economic Espionage Act was passed in 1996.

Former Boeing Co. engineer Dongfan “Greg” Chung, 73, has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy, economic espionage, lying to federal agents, obstruction of justice and acting as a foreign agent.

Prosecutors in the Santa Ana federal court trial have said Chung used his job as a stress analyst to steal more than 250,000 pages of sensitive documents on the U.S. space shuttle and a booster rocket.

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