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Chinese developer charged with espionage

GeneralEdward KiledjianComment
Image by Katy Levinson used under Creative Commons License

Image by Katy Levinson used under Creative Commons License

American federal authorities have charged a Chinese developer (believed to be an ex-IBM employee) with stealing source code from big blue. The defendant, Xu Jianqiang was arrested by the FBI in December and since they have raised the indictment to 6 charges (from the original one):  3 x economic espionage and 3 x theft of trade secrets. 

The prosecutor claims the source code was stolen to benefit Chinese authorities and are "a product of decades of work". He was caught while trying to sell his stollen assets to 2 undercover law enforcement agents. The american claim is that he also intended to sell it to  the National Health and Planning Commission of the People's Republic of China.

If he is found guilty of all charges, he could end up in prison for 75 years.