President Joe Biden’s White House is under fire following the apprehension of a Chinese operative in California.
The individual, as reported by the Daily Mail, was arrested for espionage related to the theft of classified American nuclear information.
The specifics The spy has been revealed to be Chenguang Gong, a 57-year-old engineer residing in San Jose, California. Gong obtained U.S. citizenship in 2011.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California reports, “According to court documents unsealed today, Gong transferred more than 3,600 files from a Los Angeles-area research and development company where he worked . . . to personal storage devices during his brief tenure with the company last year.”
The office goes on to detail some of the information that Gong allegedly stole.
The files Gong allegedly transferred include blueprints for sophisticated infrared sensors designed for use in space-based systems to detect nuclear missile launches and track ballistic and hypersonic missiles, as well as blueprints for sensors designed to enable U.S. military aircraft to detect incoming heat-seeking missiles and take countermeasures, including by jamming the missiles’ infrared tracking ability.
According to the office’s press release, the files were reportedly discovered on storage devices seized from Gong’s temporary residence in Thousand Oaks.
The press release provides further information about Gong’s alleged actions and methods.
Gong has been apprehended and is facing charges of “theft of trade secrets,” a crime that could result in a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison, as stated by the office.
A detention hearing was held on Wednesday.
United States Attorney Martin Estrada has put out a statement on the matter, saying that “the FBI is committed to protecting our nation’s critical technologies and to pursuing those who look to steal trade secret information for their benefit or for the benefit of foreign adversaries.”
Estrada added, “Our actions today send a strong message that anyone willing to steal proprietary information from U.S. businesses will face consequences in the criminal justice system.”
The handling of the southern border crisis by the Biden administration has been heavily criticized. Critics argue that securing the U.S.-Mexico border is crucial to prevent various issues, including infiltration by Chinese spies.
It raises concerns about how many spies China might have successfully smuggled into America through the recently opened border since Biden took office.