“The Spy Who Chung Me” / “From Canoga Park, With Love” double feature

A Los Angeles resident has been indicted on charges of “espionage, conspiracy and obstructing justices,” the FBI revealed today.

…former Boeing engineer Dongfan “Greg” Chung, 72, was arrested on charges of working as an unregistered agent for the Chinese government who stole trade secrets from the defense contractor. The stolen data largely focused on aerospace programs, including the Space Shuttle, prosecutors said…

…As early as 1979, prosecutors said, Chinese officials were tasking Chung to collect data on U.S. aviation, including the Space Shuttle and various military and civilian aircraft. At one point, Chung responded in a letter that he wanted to “contribute to the motherland,” according to the Justice Department…. [Associated Press]

This marks the second high profile indictment of an accused spy working in Los Angeles in as many years. William Shaoul Benjamin, a Canoga Park man was charged in September 2006 of working with the Iraqi Intelligence Service:

Benjamin — who was born in Iraq’s al-Anbar province and is of Christian ancestry — was given the task of reporting on Assyrian expatriates in the United States who were suspected of being hostile to Hussein’s government, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

He is charged with conspiracy, acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign government, making a false statement in a naturalization matter and procuring naturalization unlawfully. [Daily News]

Remember when it was just the Russians we had to worry about?

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