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Two apparent NASA espionage cases have striking similarities

By Richard Pollock | 05/10/13 09:00 AM

For the second time in three years, U.S. Attorneys have sought to prosecute foreign nationals at NASA on national security grounds, only to dramatically reverse course and shut down their investigations. Most recently, federal prosecutors abruptly ended their case on May 3 against Bo Jiang, a...
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Former NASA contractor agrees to deportation

By Richard Pollock | 05/02/13 06:55 PM

U.S. Attorney Neal H. McBride announced a plea agreement today with former NASA contractor Bo Jiang in which he accepted being deported from the U.S. within 48 hours. Jiang also agreed to plead guilty to one criminal count for misusing government equipment, including a NASA laptop, to take...
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Bo Jiang took NASA scientist's imaging data to China

By Richard Pollock | 05/01/13 06:05 AM

Former NASA contractor employee Bo Jiang, arrested last March by federal agents as he was about to board a flight to Beijing, took vast amounts of sensitive research by a noted colleague to China in 2012, The Washington Examiner has learned. Dr. Zia-ur Rahman was a career scientist at the NASA...
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NASA chief failed to tell Congress of 118 Chinese nationals working in IT

By Richard Pollock | 03/25/13 03:40 PM

NASA employs 118 Chinese nationals in "remotely-based" information technology jobs that may enable them to penetrate the space agency's national security database servers, The Washington Examiner has learned. But NASA administrator Charles Bolden said nothing about these individuals during his...
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FBI investigating multiple NASA centers to counter growing space espionage threat

By Richard Pollock | 03/20/13 11:40 AM

Federal law enforcement officials are mounting anti-espionage investigations at multiple NASA facilities to counter what FBI Director Robert Mueller believes is a growing threat against U.S. space technology. "If anything, I would say that the threat is - is more substantial than perhaps it...
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