Spy probe

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

The Air Force is in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether­aChi­ne­seagen­tis­work­ing inside the ser­vice, a sit­u­a­tion sim­i­lar­toad­e­fensec­on­trac­tor­inLosAn­ge­les who was charged with pro­vid­ing sen­si­tive Navy weapons tech­nol­ogy to China.

Intelligence sources tell us the probe by the Air Force Of­fice of Spe­cial­In­ves­ti­ga­tions,th­e­ser­vice’scoun­ter­in­tel­li­gence arm known as OSI, is anout­growthoftheChiMak­case.The de­fense con­trac­tor is sus­pected of be­ing­parto­faspyringth­at­passedto China sen­si­tive de­tails of Navy pro­grams, in­clud­ing in­for­ma­tion on Vir­ginia-class sub­marines, Aegise­quipped­ship­san­dad­vancedqui­et­ing tech­nol­ogy for war­ships.

The OSI is in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether twop­er­son­swhoareinthe­ser­viceor are­workingas­con­trac­tors­may­have se­cretly pro­vided de­tailed in­for­ma­tion about Air Force weapons pro­gram­stoBei­jing,whichisen­gagedin ma­jor spy­ing op­er­a­tions against the United States, specif­i­cally tar­get­ing weapons sys­tems.

An OSI spokes­woman had no im­me­di­ate com­ment.

The probe rep­re­sents the sec­ond tech­nol­ogy com­pro­mise for the Air Force.Th­e­ser­vicelostex­tremel­y­sen­si­tive tech­nol­ogy to China in the case of In­dian-born de­fense con­trac­tor NoshirS.Gowa­dia,whowascharged with­spying­i­nafed­er­alin­dict­mentin Hawaii last month. In­ves­ti­ga­tors say Mr.Gowa­di­awa­s­paid­byChi­na­tore­veal se­crets about the radar-evad­ing B-2bomber’sen­gi­ne­ex­haust­sys­tem, which is be­ing adapted by China to a stealth cruise mis­sile.

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