Spies, spies and more spies...Taiwan and PRC mentioned

Pardon my not using original article title. I will be referencing two (2) related articles.

He thought it was going to Taiwan…yeah…thats his story and he’s sticking to it!

[quote]Guilty Plea in China Spy Case
Matthew Barakat | Primetime Politics 0 Comments Discuss
Added: March 31, 2008

Pentagon Analyst Pleads Guilty in China Government Spying Case
Mar 31, 2008 14:35 EST

A Defense Department analyst pleaded guilty Monday to charges alleging he gave classified information about U.S. and Taiwanese military communications systems to a businessman working with the Chinese government.

Gregg Bergersen, a weapons analyst at the Defense Security Cooperation Agency who held top secret security clearances, was arrested last month. Prosecutors alleged he divulged military secrets to a New Orleans furniture salesman, Tai Kuo, who turned over the information to the Chinese government.

Bergersen, 51, of Alexandria, pleaded guilty Monday to a single count of conspiring to communicate national defense information to a person not entitled to receive it. He faces up to 10 years in prison when sentenced on June 20.

The government says Bergersen received thousands of dollars in cash from Kuo since March 2007. It said Bergersen thought Kuo was closely affiliated with the Taiwan Ministry of Defense, and was unaware that Kuo also maintained contact with an official of the Beijing government.

Some of the weapons information passed between Bergersen and Kuo related to Taiwan’s new air defense system. Taiwanese military officials have said the disclosures caused some damage but did not compromise key technology.

Kuo and a third defendant, Chinese national Yu Xin Kang, 33, face more serious charges that carry a possible life sentence. Both are in jail awaiting trial.

Kuo, 58, is a naturalized U.S. citizen and a native of Taiwan. He is a son-in-law of Xue Yue, a Chinese nationalist general who was a close associate of Chiang Kai-shek, leader of Nationalist forces that lost the Chinese civil war to Mao Zedong’s Communists on the mainland.

Prosecutors allege that Kang, 33, served as the go-between for Kuo and the People’s Republic of China.

The Chinese government has called the espionage accusations groundless and accused the U.S. of “Cold War thinking.”


[quote]Former Pentagon Official Pleads Guilty to Espionage
By Jerry Markon and Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, April 1, 2008; Page A04
A former Defense Department official accused of passing classified information to a Taiwanese contact pleaded guilty yesterday to an espionage charge but said he was unaware that the material would reach the Chinese government.
Gregg W. Bergersen entered his plea in U.S. District Court in Alexandria to one count of conspiracy to communicate national defense information to people not entitled to receive it, which falls under federal espionage statutes.
Bergersen admitted in court documents that he provided information on projected U.S. military sales to Taiwan to Tai Shen Kuo, a New Orleans businessman of Taiwanese descent. Kuo, who also was charged, then passed the material to the Chinese government through e-mails to his handlers in Beijing, court documents said.
Although Bergersen, 51, said he expected that the sensitive material would reach Taiwanese officials, Mark D. Cummings, his attorney, told the court that his client “was unaware that Kuo was a security official of the People’s Republic of China, that he was involved in the PRC.”
Court documents said Kuo plied Bergersen with money and gifts, including concert tickets and a box of cigars. In July 2007, Bergersen said in court documents, Kuo put a folded wad of $3,000 in cash in Bergersen’s shirt pocket as the two traveled by rental car to Dulles International Airport – an exchange that FBI agents saw on videotape.
But U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema said at yesterday’s hearing that money was apparently not Bergersen’s primary motivation and that she wanted to learn more about his motives before sentencing him on June 20. Bergersen faces up to 10 years in prison.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Neil Hammerstrom told the judge that Bergersen and Kuo had no explicit agreement to exchange money for information, but rather that Kuo gave Bergersen the cash and gifts in hopes of developing their relationship to obtain information.
U.S. Attorney Chuck Rosenberg said Bergersen’s conduct was “deeply disappointing.” But Cummings said that “there was no quid pro quo.” Sources familiar with the case said Bergersen wanted to leave the Defense Department and start a defense contracting business with Kuo.
Bergersen was a weapons systems policy analyst at the Arlington-based Defense Security Cooperation Agency before resigning last week.
The material that Bergersen gave Kuo, according to court documents, included all projected U.S. military sales to Taiwan for the next five years and details of Po Sheng, a Taiwanese communications system that collects and transmits information for the armed forces.

hat tip to W. Minnick @ DN.

sounds as if the guy went for cheap. guess he was looking for something more…

and speaking of spying:

That would be an understatement.

[quote=“Jack Burton”]and speaking of spying:

Thank Leetle Jeemy for that …

[quote]Stansfield Turner 1977–1981

An Annapolis classmate of Jimmy Carter, Turner enjoyed White House confidence, but his emphasis on technical collection methods such as SIGINT and IMINT, and his apparent dislike for, and firing of, HUMINT specialists made him extremely unpopular. Under Turner’s direction, the CIA emphasized IMINT and SIGINT more than HUMINT. Turner eliminated over 800 operational positions in what was called the ‘halloween massacre’. This organizational direction is notable because his successor William Casey was seen to have a completely opposite approach, focusing much of his attention on HUMINT. Turner gave notable testimony to Congress revealing much of the extent of the MKULTRA program, which the CIA ran from the early 1950s to late 1960s. Reform and simplification of the intelligence community’s multilayered secrecy system was one of Turner’s significant initiatives, but produced no results by the time he left office. He also wrote a book on his experience at CIA.[10]

During Turner’s term as head of the CIA, he became outraged when former agent Frank Snepp published a book called Decent Interval which exposed incompetence among senior American government personnel during the fall of Saigon.[11] accused Snepp of breaking the secrecy agreement required of all CIA agents, and then later was forced to admit under cross-examination that he had never read the agreement signed by Snepp.[12] Regardless, the CIA ultimately won its case against Snepp at the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court forced Snepp to turn over all his profits from Decent Interval and to seek preclearance of any future writings about intelligence work for the rest of his life. The ultimate irony was that the CIA would later rely on the Snepp legal precedent in forcing Turner to seek preclearance of his own memoirs, which were highly critical of President Ronald Reagan’s policies.[12] Turner, who was not a lawyer, did not understand the concept of precedent, and did not grasp the broader implications of pushing the U.S. Department of Justice to take an aggressive stance against Snepp.[13][/quote]
from Directors of the Central Intelligence Agency at WikiWacki…but thats a different matter and completely unrelated to the OT presented here.