Chinese Spy "Slept" in US for 2 Decades

Marauder06

Intel Enabler
Verified SOF
Joined
Sep 9, 2006
Messages
11,394
Location
CONUS
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/02/AR2008040203952.html?nav=rss_nation

PH2008040203953.jpg


Prosecutors called Chi Mak the "perfect sleeper agent," though he hardly looked the part. For two decades, the bespectacled Chinese-born engineer lived quietly with his wife in a Los Angeles suburb, buying a house and holding a steady job with a U.S. defense contractor, which rewarded him with promotions and a security clearance. Colleagues remembered him as a hard worker who often took paperwork home at night.

"Taking work home at night" is often an indicator, especially if that "work" is classified...
 

Typhoon

Unverified
Joined
Dec 11, 2006
Messages
643
"Taking work home at night" is often an indicator, especially if that "work" is classified...
Good point. My dad, who worked in a defense related industry in a former era would have immediately lost his job if he had left the plant with such materials...
 

Marauder06

Intel Enabler
Verified SOF
Joined
Sep 9, 2006
Messages
11,394
Location
CONUS
With our country's "instant gratification" culture, I think a lot of people just don't realize how far in advance our enemies plan.
 

JBS

Leatherneck
Verified Military
Joined
Aug 14, 2007
Messages
2,150
Location
USA
It still amazes me that we have such enormous differences between how different government facilities function. Taking paperwork home?

If employees can take work home, then why put card readers on the doors of the office?
 

HoosierAnnie

Under deadline
Member
Joined
Feb 23, 2008
Messages
993
Location
The Crossroads of America
Taking paperwork home? If employees can take work home, then why put card readers on the doors of the office?

As part of the health care industry, I am forbidden to "take work home" on anything that might have individual patient information on it. This is a violation of the health information privacy act. Should we not take even stronger attention to items that effect national security??
 

Paddlefoot

flying under the radar
Verified Military
Joined
Sep 29, 2006
Messages
754
Location
Between Paradise and Perdition
Good point. My dad, who worked in a defense related industry in a former era would have immediately lost his job if he had left the plant with such materials...

OTOH, my dad once came home driving a company car, a station wagon, holding one of the most sophisticated aerial recon cameras ever built. He was taking it out west to deliver to the AF for testing.

He was scheduled to leave the next day, and the camera was going to be accompanying him on the commercial flight. As I understood, he was allowed to observe it being loaded and unloaded at the airports.

I didn't think too much of it at the time, but I doubt that would ever happen these days. It's pretty funny, in retrospect.
 

Totentanz

Civil Affairs
Verified SOF
Joined
Dec 22, 2006
Messages
1,653
Good point. My dad, who worked in a defense related industry in a former era would have immediately lost his job if he had left the plant with such materials...

Still occurs at some (several) places in this era.
 
Top