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Postby PaulC » Wed Nov 16, 2005 11:17 am

The following is from cnn.com:

LOS ANGELES, California -- A California engineer and his wife and brother have been charged in a plot to pass information about U.S. submarines to the Chinese, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

Chi Mak, 65, who worked for the defense contractor L-3 Communications' subsidiary Power Paragon, was accused in an indictment of taking home information "relating to a sensitive government project." Federal prosecutors said the information involved technology that enables submarines to avoid detection by sonar.

Mak's wife, Rebecca Chiu, 62, helped him copy the data to compact discs, and his brother, Tai Mak, encrypted the information and arranged to transport it to China, the indictment states. All three are charged with acting as unregistered foreign agents and face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison if convicted.

Chi Mak, a Chinese-born American citizen, had a secret security clearance and access to Navy "quiet propulsion" technology, according to an affidavit.

The information is not considered secret, but its distribution to other governments is restricted.

The FBI arrested Tai Mak and his wife, who was not charged, October 28 at Los Angeles International Airport. They were preparing to board a Cathay Pacific flight to Hong Kong, said Gregory Staples, an assistant U.S. attorney in Santa Ana, California. (Full story)

FBI agents arrested Chi Mak and his wife, also a Chinese-born American citizen, at their home in nearby Downey.

The brothers are being held without bail, and Chiu was released after posting a $300,000 bond, Staples said.
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Postby Gerwalk » Wed Nov 16, 2005 1:54 pm

His wife will be sued by the RIIA for copyright infringement :D

If it is not a secret: any chance we can know about it?
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Postby Dolphin » Wed Nov 16, 2005 4:43 pm

There is likely more than the 'public' story here reveals. Secret or not, whatever it is (or was), lets not do anything here that jepordizes our sailors and our nation and our allies.

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Postby Gerwalk » Thu Nov 17, 2005 3:59 pm

Hope that just posting this won't jeopardize anything. :p

Details on the case:
http://www.cicentre.com/Documents/DOC_Chi_Mak.html

They found documents from China asking him about the following technologies:

"Water jet propulsion
Ship submarine propulsion technology, non-air reliant
Power system configuration technology, weapons standardization, modularization
Early warning technologies, command and control systems technology, defense against nuclear attack technology
Permanent electromagnetic motor, overall solution for shipboard power system
Shipboard internal and external communications systems
Establishment of high frequency, self-linking, satellite communications
Submarine HF transient launch technology
DDX (next generation destroyer) "


BTW: just Google "Quiet Electric Drive ", very interesting articles.
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