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    Guilty Plea in Latest China Spy Case
    Globalism; Posted on: 2008-04-01 12:08:54 [ Printer friendly / Instant flyer ]
    Defense Department analyst faces ten years in prison

    A Real Foreign Threat: China

    A former analyst with the US Defense Department has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he sold classified information to Red China.

    Gregg William Bergersen admitted to a federal court in Virginia that he passed information about US dealings with Taiwan to agents of the Chinese government in exchange for cash payments, Las Vegas gambling excursions and gifts. Beijing considers Taiwan to be a renegade province. Bergersen, who worked for the Defense Security Cooperation Agency and had a top secret security clearance, was arrested in February along with his alleged partners, Yu Xin Kang, a Chinese citizen, and Tai Shen Kuo, a Taiwanese immigrant. The two Chinese allegedly passed the purloined materials to their handlers in Beijing. The feds taped Bergersen in conversation with Kuo saying, "If it ever fell into the wrong hands...then I would be fired for sure. I'd go to jail. Because I violated all the rules."

    Observers expect that Bergersen will testify against his former partners.

    The Bergersen spy ring bust was one of two Chinese alleged spy networks broken up by the US government in February. In a separate case, a Chinese immigrant named Dongfan "Greg" Chung was arrested for allegedly providing the Chinese with stolen US trade secrets, among them space shuttle information and details of the Delta IV rocket. Chung allegedly pocketed the loot while working for Rockwell International and Boeing.

    Bergersen's guilty plea, which could earn him ten years in federal prison, follows the California sentencing of Chi Mak in March. A naturalized U.S. citizen born in China, Chi Mak was sentenced to 24 years in prison and fined $50,000 for being what federal prosecutors called "the hub" of a family spy network providing sensitive technological information to Red China. Four other members of Chi Mak's family have already pled guilty to related charges. Greg Chung was nailed as a result of the Chi Mak investigation, say officials.

    China has denounced the various sentences and arrests as part of a campaign to embarrass China, which is generally touchy about its image. The Chinese have lost face because of recent upheavals in Tibet and protests around the upcoming Olympics in Beijing. China has long suffered an inferiority complex, and its leaders see such things as the spy prosecutions as attempts to harm its world standing.
    News Source: Correspondents

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