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Chinese-born man convicted of economic espionage

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A Chinese-born engineer has been convicted of stealing trade secrets critical to the U.S. space program in the nation's first economic espionage trial.

A federal judge in Santa Ana, Calif., ruled Thursday that former Boeing Co. engineer Dongfan "Greg" Chung stole 300,000 pages of sensitive documents that included information about the U.S. space shuttle and a booster rocket.

The 73-year-old stress analyst was found guilty of six counts of economic espionage and other charges.

Prosecutors say Chung began spying for the Chinese in the late 1970s. They say investigators found papers in his house that included information about a booster rocket's fueling system.

Defense attorneys say Chung was a "pack rat" but not a spy.


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