Chinese spying cases raising concerns in US intelligence community: NYT

July 10th, 2008 - 2:59 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, July 10 (ANI): Several cases have surfaced over the last year involving the illegal transfer of confidential information to China, and this has those in the corridors of power in Washington, and particularly in the intelligence community, quite concerned.
American prosecutors in the last year have brought up before courts about a dozen cases involving China’’s efforts to obtain military-grade accelerometers (used to make smart bombs), defense information about Taiwan, American warship technology, night-vision technology and refinements to make missiles more difficult to detect.
These cases have intensified the evaluation in intelligence and law enforcement circles about the breadth of the threat from Beijing, reports the New York Times.
Take the example of Gregg W. Bergersen. A former Navy veteran, Gregg spent a lot of time worrying about how to earn some serious money after he left his career as a Defense Department analyst.
At 51 and supporting a wife and a child in the Virginia suburbs, he wondered how he could get himself cast in that distinctly Washington role many Pentagon types dream of: a rewarding post-retirement perch at one of the hundreds of military-related companies that surround the capital and flourish off lucrative government contracts and contacts.
Bergersen believed he had found what he was seeking when he was introduced to Tai Shen Kuo, a native of Taiwan, who had lived in New Orleans for more than 30 years. Kuo told Bergersen that he was developing a defense consulting company.
Today, Bergersen and Kuo, along with a third accomplice, are awaiting sentencing in a federal court for their involvement in a case of espionage against the United States.
According to court papers and interviews, Kuo and his Chinese handlers ran what intelligence professionals call a “false flag” operation on Bergersen, a weapons systems analyst, making him believe that the information he was providing was going to Taiwan, an American ally, not Beijing.
Nonetheless, surveillance tapes made by the Federal Bureau of Investigation showed that Bergersen understood he was engaged in a serious crime.
Kuo regularly promised Bergersen that he would eventually take him in as a partner in a defense consulting firm after he retired from the Pentagon and pay him 300,000 to 400,000 dollar a year. To keep Bergersen happy, Kuo gave him small gifts and took him to Las Vegas, where he treated him to expensive shows and paid for his wagering, all of which were observed by F.B.I. agents.
In interviews, current and former intelligence and law enforcement officials have demonstrated uncertainty as to the precise scope of the problem of Chinese espionage.
One senior law enforcement official involved in prosecuting such cases said the Chinese had “a game plan of sending out lots of tiny feelers in hopes of getting back small bits of seemingly unrelated information in hopes of creating a larger picture.” (ANI)

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