San Diego resident Wenxia Man, 45, was found guilty Thursday, June 9th, 2016 in a Florida Federal court for “conspiring to export and cause the export of fighter jet engines, an unmanned aerial vehicle – commonly known as a drone – and related technical data to the People’s Republic of China, in violation of the Arms Export Control Act.” Man was released on $250,000 bond in 2015 awaiting the outcome of her trial.
Although the Government of the People's Republic of China vehemently denies that it condones or orders acts of espionage on foreign soil, Wan referred to her ‘associate’ as a ‘technology spy’ who was ‘interested in stealth technology’.
Wenxia Man was born in China and became a naturalized U.S. citizen. The charge she has been found guilty of carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in Federal prison. Special Agent in Charge John F. Khin of the Department of Defense’s Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) said that, “The nation’s security relies upon our military possessing the most sophisticated technology and weapon systems in the world while simultaneously preventing these items from finding their way into the hands of our adversaries.”
Spying by the Chinese is not a new threat. Spreading across industries, Chinese hackers have actively been attempting to breach networks of the many U.S. companies including Boeing to sell the information they could pilfer to China.
Wan is to be sentenced in August of 2016.
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