By Patrick J. McDonnell
Los Angeles Times
February 9, 2010
A Chinese-born aerospace engineer who had access to sensitive material
while working with a pair of major defense contractors in Southern
California was sentenced Monday to more than 15 years in prison for
acquiring secret space shuttle data and other information for China.
U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney in Santa Ana imposed a 188-month
prison term on Dongfan "Greg" Chung, 73, a naturalized U.S. citizen who
lives in Orange.
Carney declared that he could not "put a price tag" on national security
and sought to send a signal to China to "stop sending your spies here,"
according to the U.S. attorney's office.
Chung, who worked at Boeing's Huntington Beach plant, denied being a spy
and said he was gathering documents for a book, not for espionage. His
attorneys argued that much of the material was already available on the
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