Tuesday, August 10, 2010

US engineer sold military secrets to China

By Peter Bowes
Noshir Gowadia risked a lifetime in jail for a mortgage in Maui

A jury in Hawaii has convicted a former US engineer of selling military secrets to China.
Noshir Gowadia, who helped design the propulsion system for the B-2 bomber, was found guilty on multiple counts -- including conspiracy and money laundering.
Indian-born Gowadia, 67, could be sentenced to life in prison.
The case is one of a series of major prosecutions targeting Chinese spying in the US.

'Basic stuff'
According to prosecutors, Gowadia helped China to design a stealth cruise missile.
It involved an exhaust nozzle that would evade infrared radar detection and US heat-seeking missiles.
Gowadia was accused of travelling to China between 2003 and 2005 while designing the missile.
He was said to have been paid $110,000 (£69,000) -- money that was used to pay off a mortgage on a luxury home on the island of Maui.
In his defence, lawyers said it was true that Mr Gowadia had designed an exhaust nozzle for China -- but that it was "basic stuff" based on unclassified information that was publicly available.
Gowadia, who was born in India, moved to the US in the 1960s and became a citizen about a decade later.
He has been in custody for nearly four years and faces life in prison when he is sentenced in November.

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