Engineer guilty in military secrets case
Jurors convicted a Chinese engineer who worked on U.S. naval technology for giving China secret information, conspiring to export defense articles and other crimes. Chi Mak also was found guilty of making false statements to the FBI and acting as an unregistered foreign agent. Chi Mak, a naturalized U.S. citizen was accused of taking pages of documents from his defense contractor employer and passing them to his brother, who gave them to Chinese authorities. His attorney, Ron Kaye denied that Mak was a spy out on collecting military secrets. Mak acknowledged that he did copy classified documents from his employer but that he didn't realize that making the copies was illegal. The court required testimony from Navy officials, FBI agents, espionage and encryption experts and Mak. Kaye presented Mak as a well-regarded engineer and "a loyal American ... defamed by this government."
Mak was arrested in 2005 and sentenced at the end of a six-week trial to 35 years in prison.
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