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Indian-American jailed for selling military secrets to China

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  1. Spring Onion

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    Indian-American jailed for selling military secrets to China
    PTI, Jan 25, 2011, 03.05pm IST

    WASHINGTON: Indian-American Noshir Gowadia, a former B-2 stealth bomber engineer has been sentenced by a US federal judge to 32 years of imprisonment for selling military secrets to China.

    Gowadia, 66, has spent the past five years in prison. "We're a little disappointed she didn't give him a life sentence, that's the sentence that would've sent the best message. But 32 years is stiff and in many ways an appropriate sentence for him," said Ken Sorenson, assistant US attorney.

    The sentencing of Mumbai-born Gowadia comes weeks after China conducted a flight test of its new J-20 stealth fighter. He showed no emotion as Chief US District Judge Susan Oki Mollway pronounced the punishment yesterday.

    Prosecutors alleged that Gowadia helped design an exhaust nozzle for China that gives off less heat, making it difficult for enemy infrared detectors to track the missile for which he got USD 110,000 over two years.

    A US federal jury in August convicted Gowadia of 14 counts, including conspiracy, communicating national defense information to aid a foreign nation, and violating the arms export control act.

    "We believe very strongly that he's innocent and we very much look forward to the appeals process in the 9th circuit," Gowadia's son, Ashton was quoted as saying by the local KHON2 news channel.

    According to court papers, Gowadia hid the proceeds from the transactions by directing the payments to secret Swiss bank accounts of foundations he set up in Liechtenstein, the government said in recently filed court documents.

    Gowadia worked for Northrup from 1968 to 1986, during which time he helped develop the B-2 bomber's unique propulsion system.


    After his employment with Northrup ended, Gowadia continued his relationship with the US military as a private contractor.

    However, following some angry dealings with the Air Force and the Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1993, Gowadia began to seek and solicit business internationally, the government says.


    Between 2003 and 2005 Gowadia made six secret trips into mainland China and exchanged numerous communications to help Chinese defense engineers design a cruise missile that is able to evade air-to-air, heat-seeking missiles, according the federal indictment against him.

    Indian-American jailed for selling military secrets to China - The Times of India
     
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    what????

    double thread feature not working anymore???
     
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    Why create half a dozen threads on same news just to troll??
     
  4. Spring Onion

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    There was on in the past about accusation whats wrong now if he is convicted for his crime.

    anyway come back to the topic.

    I say why even allow foreigners to work in sensitive defence related projects
     
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    He could have given them to India instead.
    Money can make people fall so low :frown:
     
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    hmmm thats is very interesting point. Yes he could have helped his own country and money is not an issue i guess India could have paid too.
     
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    That'd invite more sanctions and technological embargoes on India on accusations of espionage.

    Besides,a similar incident happened before.

    India denies involvement in US missile technology export case

     
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    And they India does not cooperate with China.
     
  9. Spring Onion

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    You mean he would have thought that thats why he sold military secrets to China?

    But he is an individual working in US defence project so how does question of sanctions on Indian Cos arises if he had sold the same to his own country ?
     
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    India would have given money too but i guess that's what happens when u got an Indian heart in ur chest........:coffee::coffee:
     
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    we can see that in your post.

    Now will you comment on the topic?

    or you are too much shying away from discussing it because your Indian man had done that ??
     
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    it is right that he is jailed coz he is also an american and he is getting bread from america.so he must be loyal to work and his american nationality.

    i am happy that he is jailed.
     
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    US$110,000 is not much.

    Especially when you're going to lose 32 years of your life, and therefore 32 years of of annual income.
     
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    why wud they do that, it is hurting them

    If this thread was some bs on Abdul Qadir Khan, then they will participate enthusiastically

    and as he said, Old habits die hard :cheesy:
     
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    I ask again shouldnt all the countries stop hiring foreigners in defence sector specially the sensitive one?

    can we trust foreigners ?