Chi­nese spy­ing

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

A fed­eral grand jury in Los An­ge­lest­woweek­sagoad­ded­newcharges again­stafam­ily­sus­pected­of­pass­ing U.S. Navy weapons tech­nol­ogy to China.

Five fam­ily mem­bers who had been­charged­pre­vi­ous­ly­with­act­ing as agents of a for­eign power were chargedOct.25with­con­spir­ing­to­ex­port de­fense tech­nol­ogy to Bei­jing.

U.S. coun­ter­in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials saidthes­py­case­wa­sex­treme­ly­dam­ag­ing­totheNavyan­dotherser­vices.

The su­per­sed­ing in­dict­ment states that Chi Mak, 66; his wife, Re­becca Lai­wah Chiu, 63; Mr. Mak’s brother, Tai Mak, 57; Tai Mak’s wife, Fuk He­ung Li, 49, and Tai Mak’s son Billy Yui Mak, 26, con­spired to send Navy sound­damp­en­ing tech­nol­ogy, which of­fi­cials say makes U.S. war­ships sound like a Lexus at idle.

The 15-count su­per­sed­ing in­dict­ment also charged the five with at­tempted and ac­tual ex­port of de­fense ar­ti­cles to China, pos­ses­sion of prop­erty in aid of a for­eign gov­ern­ment and mak­ing false state­ments to in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

Court pa­pers iden­ti­fied the Chi­nese intelligence of­fi­cer sus­pected of di­rect­ing the pur­ported spy ring’s ac­tiv­ityasPuPei-liang,aresearcher attheChi­ne­seCen­ter­forAsia-Pa­cific Stud­ies at Zhong­shan Univer­sity, known­toU.S.in­tel­li­gence­of­fi­cial­sas CAPS.

Ac­cord­ing to the court, the Chi­nese agent gave the pur­ported spy ring the task of seek­ing sen­si­tive U.S. Navy re­search on nu­clear sub­marines and other de­fense sys­tems un­der de­vel­op­ment. The pa­pers say most of the data was ob­tained by Chi Mak, an en­gi­neer with Navy con­trac­tor Power Paragon.

If con­victed, the Maks face max­i­mum­sen­tence­sof10yearsto30years in prison. Trial for Chi Mak is sched­uled for March, and the other fam­ily mem­ber­sare­set­for­tri­al­inMay.The in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the case was con­ducted by the FBI and the Naval Crim­i­nal In­ves­tiga­tive Ser­vice.

Bill Gertz and Rowan Scar­bor­ough are Pen­tagon re­porters. Mr. Gertz can be reached at 202/636-3274 or at bgertz@wash­ing­ton­times.com. Mr. Scar­bor­ough can be reached at 202/636-3208 or at rscar­bor­ough@wash­ing­ton­times.com.

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