Man on trial accused of taking secrets to China

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Posted: Sep 12, 2012 12:45 PM
Man on trial accused of taking secrets to China

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A federal jury in New Jersey has heard opening statements in the trial of a man accused of taking military-related technology secrets to China.

Sixing Liu (soo-shing lee-oo) worked at New Jersey-based Space & Navigation, a division of New York company L3 Communications. The legal permanent U.S. resident was arrested in 2011 in Deerfield, Ill., where he lives, and accused of taking restricted military data to talks at conferences and universities in China.

The secrets dealt with technology that could be used for target locators and other military applications.

Prosecutors say Liu illegally took the data as a way to help him get a job in China.

Liu's lawyer told jurors Wednesday there was nothing sinister about his client taking work with him and that Liu's company trained him inadequately in import-export laws.