By Chuck Goudie
June 25, 2008
A Chinese spy was caught "red-handed," according to federal authorities,
as she was about to board a plane at O'Hare bound for Beijing.
Hanjuan Jin says she worked as a computer engineer for Schaumburg-based
Motorola, a global leader in communications technology.
Federal agents say Jin was also working as a spy for a Chinese company,
and she has been charged in a corporate espionage case that reflects a
growing national security problem.
She doesn't look much like the villainess in a James Bond film. But the
FBI says 37-year-old Hanjuan Jin played the spy role in real life.
Jin, a Chinese-born American citizen and graduate of the Illinois
Institute of Technology, had been working at Motorola headquarters in
Schaumburg since 1998. She was a software engineer, living in a
comfortable townhouse not far from her job.
Two years ago, according to a federal indictment handed up in April, Jin
went on medical leave from Motorola.
Despite claiming to be deathly ill, investigators say, she traveled from
Chicago to Beijing where she agreed to work for a Chinese tech company
that allegedly recruited her to steal Motorola secrets.
"The federal government is saying basically that you're a corporate spy.
What about that?" the I-Team's Chuck Goudie asked Jin.
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