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Ken Sorensen, assistant U.S. attorney in Hawaii who prosecuted the case, told Inside the Ring that Gowadia’s 32-year prison term “sends a clear message that the compromise of U.S. classified information involving our most sensitive weapons systems will not only be aggressively pursued by the government, but will be dealt with severely by our court system.”

“The evidence in the case demonstrated that Gowadia, one of the original designers of the B-2 bomber, was first taken by the Chinese to Chengdu, the same location where they just unveiled the J-20 earlier this month,” Mr. Sorenson said, referring to China’s version of the stealth fighter jet.

“Gowadia made six trips to China from August 2003 to October 2005 for the purpose of designing a cruise missile with a reduced infrared signature,” he said.

One of Gowadia’s convictions involved giving the Chinese a PowerPoint file using classified U.S. missile-sensor data to demonstrate how his design would defeat a U.S. air-to-air missile, he said.

Mr. Sorenson said evidence showed that by October 2005 the Chinese were at least in the last stage of full-scale testing on Gowadia’s stealthy cruise-missile design.

“Cruise missiles can deliver nuclear or conventional payloads, so they are formidable weapons,” he said.

Additionally, Gowadia had disclosed to European entities his calculations of the “lock-on range” for missiles fired against the B-2 bomber.

“Suffice it to say that disclosing a scaled number of where an advanced [infrared] missile will ‘lock on’ to the B-2, arguably our nation’s most critical defense weapons system, is gravely damaging to U.S. national security,” Mr. Sorenson said.

China student spying

The CIA issued a recent internal report on China’s use of a Student Informant System (SIS) to suppress dissent at universities.

The spying system uses a “denounce and inform” model to control political debate, the report said, noting the system was launched after the June 1989 massacre by the Chinese military of unarmed democratic protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

China’s students played a major role in destroying China’s culture and system during the so-called Cultural Revolution of the 1970s, when denouncing teachers and others as anti-communist enemies swept the country.

“The SIS employs traditional political spying and denunciation techniques, seeking to create a ‘white terror’ environment on campus — in which students and teachers fear surveillance more than arrest — to achieve and maintain influence and control,” according to the six-page report, labeled “FOUO” (For Official Use Only.)

The report states that such political spying has been a key tool of communist government control, especially from the 1950s to the 1970s.

• Click here to view the report (PDF file)

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