March 18th, 2013
07:25 PM ET

Chinese contractor at NASA makes court appearance

By Terry Frieden

A Chinese aerospace contractor, who one senior lawmaker suspects is a spy, made his first appearance in federal court on Monday.

Bo Jiang worked at NASA's Langley's Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, and was seized over the weekend as he boarded a flight to Beijing at Dulles airport outside Washington.

Jiang was charged with making false statements to U.S. authorities by failing to disclose all of the electronic devices he was carrying on his one-way flight.

He was jailed following his appearance in federal court in Norfolk.

U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Virginia, said Jiang recently arranged travel after the lawmaker went public with his concerns about NASA security.

Wolf told reporters Monday that he believes Jiang had access to highly sensitive documents, including source codes for high-tech imaging used in missiles, unmanned aerospace equipment and other technology desired by the Chinese government.

Wolf, who oversees congressional funding of several agencies, believes Jiang was spying.

"We'll know for sure after they (the FBI) examine his hard drive," he said.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden is scheduled to testify about NASA security at a hearing on Wednesday before Wolf's committee.

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  1. Peiyu

    Anyway please be nice to the guy. his whole family now was suffering from it and his dad is in hospital. Since he doesn't have US citizenship, how would NASA give him confidential information? Think about it!

    March 29, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Reply
  2. ChasL

    This is a witch hunt. The FBI is using a trumped up charge to perform illegal search and seizure:

    1) According to Bo Jiang’s friends (source MITBBS, an overseas scholar message board), Jiang went to NASA with his professor. His boss died in a car accident and his employment contract was not renewed. Without valid work visa Jiang had to go back to China (and there’s no reason to buy a round trip ticket.)

    2) The lying to investigator charge is bogus. Jiang was questioned during a layover, and he described to the FBI what he had with him in the carry on. Now the FBI is charging him because he didn’t mention what was in the checked luggage? It’s not even omission based on the context of the conversation.

    3) There’s a perfectly reasonable explanation why Jiang had two SIM card – he canceled his cell phone contract and was using a prepaid SIM card for the last few weeks in the States.

    March 22, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Reply
    • Jester

      We will know once they search the simcards. If theres nothing incriminating he will be free, and probably have a hell of a lawsuit on his hands. Heck, he can retire in China a wealthy man

      If they do find incriminating information on him, he will be imprisoned for espionage.

      Simple as that.Only time will tell. I'd bet tha latter, only because the feds dont generally jump to such conclusions on a whim...generally.

      March 22, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Reply
  3. Jaimie

    Throw away the key. Let him spy on his lunch from his prison cell.

    March 21, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Reply
  4. Derek

    It's sad to see so many stupid guys in US, especially in US gov. From what I read on other sites, Jiang Bo was laid off by NASA, and thus he has to left the country because of the stupid VISA and Immigration policy. It usually need 5 or more years for Chinese guys to obtain the green card, and once was laid off before green card issued, unlucky guys have to leave states immediately, otherwise will also potentially be arrested due to illegal visa status.
    If Jiang Bo already found another job in Europe, it does not make any sense for him to do spying works for China government. It’s possible that his laptop has some working data inside, but I don’t believe it’s for spying purpose. And since he is just a contractor, I doubt he can touch any valuable data.
    Today, do you think now many Chinese young people like China government? Especially for those guys who left China and came to US for education or working, I think 99.9% of them hate China CCP! If you can read web forms in Chinese, you’ll find most Chinese people want CCP go to hell as soon as possible. But Chinese people don’t have weapons to against their power government, so some of them choose to leave the country for their own life, that’s all. Are they going to do spying works for CCP? What a joke!

    March 20, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Reply
  5. Ron

    US keep nose out of China business.

    March 20, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Reply
  6. Mike D

    I'd hate to say it, but if he has sensitive information on physical storage, odds are that he has already emailed / transfered it back to China already over the internet.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:28 am | Reply
  7. Lee Hu

    Chinese don't innovate, they steal. Then they pay "50 Cent Party" members to rationalize it on the Internet.

    March 20, 2013 at 8:23 am | Reply
    • Maersk

      I suppose you are the most innovative kwok zucking kwok zucker. Would you mind showing me your innovative kwok zucking skill?

      March 21, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Reply
      • Jester

        Typical butt-hurt 50 cent party response...
        如果您有什麼好聽的說,不說什麼。我們美國人都知道的50美分黨的宣傳,並不會改變美國的公眾輿論。節省您的時間,試圖在您的互聯網搜索“tianneman方”。哦,對了,你害怕政府不會允許你。哈!

        March 22, 2013 at 6:10 pm |
      • Jester

        中國可以燃燒在地獄裡,你愚蠢的混蛋。離開這個地方,不回來。這裡不歡迎你的宣傳。

        March 22, 2013 at 6:37 pm |
  8. Aureliano Cilocilo

    Never let this guy to leave the US for he is a Spy....im sure for that..

    March 20, 2013 at 6:58 am | Reply
  9. Michael T

    China is the victim of technology been stolen too, the world can't produce the "crap" that chinese makes. Chinese are just like parasite....their people hating the West but they imitate everything that the "white man" does (Banana).

    March 20, 2013 at 4:48 am | Reply
  10. sv2000

    anyone from mainland china with permission to come, study and work in US must be obligated to pay back some how. we have many to keep eyes on.

    March 20, 2013 at 2:31 am | Reply
  11. Jaimie

    Throw away the key.

    March 19, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Reply
  12. sdfgsdfg456

    https :/ / -–docs.google.com/file/d/0B7rdd1w6dkcSTU4wdWJYVE9PV0k/edit?- Usp-- = –sharing

    March 19, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Reply
  13. sdfgsdfg456

    DRTURTYU

    March 19, 2013 at 5:12 pm | Reply
  14. John Geheran

    Guilty or innocent, this man doesn't stand any kind of chance of being acquitted due to the right-wing lynch mob mentality currently sweeping this country! It appears that the American public is almost always on a witch hunt, thanks to the right-wing news media and the right-wing politicians who use this ignorance to their political ends!

    March 19, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      Phunnie boy, what is wrong with stick to one ID like #2?

      March 19, 2013 at 6:08 pm | Reply
    • whO622

      Cry me a river. We are tho only people in the world who allow foreign nationals to work in our classified defense industry and then keep no tabs on them and allow them to steal what is secret technology. We prosecute our own people but let foreign nationals go. Great that our government allows this.

      March 20, 2013 at 8:59 am | Reply
  15. Koumintan

    Mainland Chinese always says they never steal from others and always says they are the victim instead. I really trust mainland Chinese and they deeply trust North Korean who only want to make their people's life better and best in the world. I had friend just like that and he now is in jail after cheating hundreds of people and of course multiple thefts. Just wish police arrested him much ealier. Is UN police? No No...UN has China as main voter.....Does that make UN part of crimimal?

    March 19, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Reply
  16. Brad

    @ SCOTT shut the F up!!! your annoying and your points are GROUNDLESS!!

    March 19, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Reply
    • LOL

      One spy down, a thousand more will come! LOL. Steal until they have nothing left! :)

      March 19, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Reply
      • Brian Inskeep

        Put W-80 and W-088 nucks in S. Korea and Twain. Use U.S. Navy and block all shipments of food and fuel into communist China. How will the communists run their factories and feed their 1.4 billion people ? Their economy will collups in one year or less. Order American companies out of China. When were not the reserve currency of the world anymore Than the U.S. should default on our treasury debt we owe China. Than Washington should deceide what our currency is worth not a bunch of foreigns. Than peg our dollar to Chinas currency say 50% below in value! Hey fair trade baby. Next put tariffs on all Chinese imports say 50 %. This will give American manufactures time to regain a major market share of the U.S. consumer market. It's called leveling the playing field. If the communists don't like it well that's to bad !!!!! One thing they understand is United States military might. Just ask the Soviets (Russia)
        That's my opinion whats yours ?

        March 19, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
    • scott

      GROUNDLESS AND DON'T REPLY TO ME U TOOL.

      March 20, 2013 at 5:12 am | Reply
  17. Dalton Wood

    There are a lot of rascist people making comments here. People who are letting stereotypes of foreign peoples blur out the truth. The truth is not all people fit into stereotypes. Not even HALF of Muslims are terrorists, not all Chinese people are spies! Don't buy into conspiracy theories, people! This is America and stereotypes don't apply!

    March 19, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Reply
    • Brad

      sarcasm much??? "not even half of muslims are spies" so your saying the other half are spies. yeah thats not stereotyping...

      March 19, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Reply
    • jyves95

      Yes. This is America, where 33% of its population is racist, living mainly in these.. red states.. How convenient.

      March 19, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Reply
      • Cyrus Bishop

        Site your statistics...

        March 19, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
    • sv2000

      people are responding to the chinese communist gov't activities here. while the chinese people are also victims but what they have to do is hurting us. they do have choices to make and obviously, they all know what they're doing but the choices are not always in their favor.

      March 20, 2013 at 2:59 am | Reply
  18. jeff forsythe

    We in the West have been kept in the dark for far too long concerning the brutality of the gangster Chinese Communist Party because of corporate greed. Some real facts about the heinous Party are free on line.. Read The Nine Commentaries if you care to. Thank you for your consideration.

    March 19, 2013 at 8:57 am | Reply
    • Maersk

      You sound like a typical American kwok zucking kwok zucker who has zucked his uncle's limply kwok one time too many and swallowed one mouthful too much. Do you realize you have kum ozzing out your kwok zucking mouth from being full already?

      March 21, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Reply
      • Jester

        Shut up already. What are you, 10 years old? Take your childish nonsense elswhere boy. Retarded troll is apparently retarded.

        March 22, 2013 at 6:18 pm |
      • Jester

        One of the more obvious tactics "50 cent party trolls" use is to try to instigate anger at them, to direct us away from the issue at hand, generally anything considered anti-chinese. Mainly by using the type of idiotic statements like this Maersk character is making. Dont be fooled by this idiot. He's just a chump, paid by his government to sit at his computer and literally try to distract us from the facts. So whenever you see a story on China, or Tibet, and see these poorly constructed, poor english, and occasionally oddly "out of place" offensive, its more than likely a 50 cent party communist mouthpiece. Then of course there's your regular trolls. But at least they're American! USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA

        March 22, 2013 at 6:35 pm |
  19. StanCalif

    China's nuclear weapons labratory is North Korea! Who can't see this? All technology and all materials come from China. NK can design and build an ICBM capable rocket? Come on! NK can build and test a nuclear bomb? Sure, everything comes in a kit from China. Follow the assembly instructions and make the world think they actually make this stuff! China can't afford to anger their world trading partners so they use NK. NK has only one partner, China.

    March 19, 2013 at 7:22 am | Reply
    • sv2000

      at the mean time, china is playing dumb about it – they are smart? no one knows – may be!

      March 20, 2013 at 1:47 pm | Reply
  20. BENICE

    It is a fact ... not fiction ... any and all Chinese crave the benevelance and pat on the back of Father Land – China. Be he born in Australia, Canada, Switzerland, anywhere and any number of generations removed from his forefathers' generations!
    So any and all Chinese ... be they in NASA, Government, Schools, Universities, Tractor Companies, Railway technologies, Marine Technologies, Mineral Technologies, Communications, Electronics, Road Building, Bridge Building, Structures, Offshore Platforms, Flow Assurances, Oil, Gas, any and ALL patents are full information of technologies ZERO stop to them, Super Conductors, Chain of Pearls, ready to win all battles readiness, tonka trucks of dollars feeding the now jugernaut mouth of the dragon with its body hiding in the cave with a small mouth sticking out gulping every nation's GDP dollars up 50% of all wealth spent in ALL countries of the world ... with no WTO equality on mineral and resource and currency FREE MARKET ACCESS (all owned by one CORPORATION – GOVT – China) ... one government purse string of TRILLIONS OF WORLD dollars thundering downhill into China – now can buy anyone and everyone in the world – GREED or the NEED for a pat on the back by "Father" ... China can buy a million Exxons and ALL its ASSETS at a whim ... and an ongoing no-match grab (funded by the world) of the world resources and lands and nations and oceans and mountains and rivers ... HITLER arises from the dead ! and the WORLD is floundering and gapping and oohing and ahhing at the "gadgets" and toys sold for these dollars to them – while all worlds technologies come thundering to them from GULIBLE or AVARICIOUS Corporeations setting up shop and Chinese-spy centers in China ... bait and switch working wonders – STU PID WORLD !!!

    March 19, 2013 at 4:32 am | Reply
  21. jackinbox

    After Wen Ho Lee, Chinese who work in those places are either spies with a suicidal mission or idiots. In either case, jail term is well deserved.

    March 19, 2013 at 2:27 am | Reply
    • scott

      Not just that, but with good proof its time to give 100% life in jail & not 10 years. That's why we give life for murder or robbing banks, because if you only give 10 years, its not a life ending thing and many people will risk it. Life in jail will see 95% of the people that do it now, stop.

      Its a massive problem now so new laws are needs to change / stop a big % of people from doing it.

      March 19, 2013 at 3:34 am | Reply
  22. Chief Eagle

    The CIA planted evidence in his hdd so that he will be implicated. Normal dirty standard operating procedure for the CIA.

    March 19, 2013 at 1:22 am | Reply
    • George Patton

      Well said, Chief Eagle. How true that rings!

      March 20, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Reply
  23. Fok Chinese

    Bunch of no good thieves.

    March 19, 2013 at 1:14 am | Reply
    • jyves95

      said a more on ready to buy more cheap Chinese goods.

      March 19, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Reply
  24. Navyvet

    Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty??? Sounds like another case of racial profiling to me. FREE Bo Jiang, FREE Bo Jiang, FREE Bo Jiang! Next you'll say all Muslims are TERRORISTS!,.... Oh,...wait,... NEVERMIND!

    March 18, 2013 at 11:54 pm | Reply
    • scott

      They are guilty and we have all see there lies for a start. u know there reply "groundless".

      China said they would never build up or attack weapons if we let them grow.

      China's gov statement to building up. Groundless & a lie with no proof. Attack weapons, china reply, Groundless and a lie. hate to brake it to u but they did and groudless means it was not groundless like they said.

      west Intel. we think china is going to build a aircraft Carrier. china's reply. Groundless and a lie with no proof. China does not want a aircraft carrier and never will. LIE again. Groundless my ass.

      Well weeks layter it come out that china already sighed the paper work to buy and fix the the aircraft carrier. So the statements by the China's GOV & Hu Jintao to CNN / BBC / the world was a thick lie once again. They new they 100% where going to build it as they once again lied to the world for some reason.

      China's response to that. shipping lanes, yea that's it, we are going to use them for shipping lanes, and its have a guess? Its was groundless and a lie they would ever be used in a war. LIE there top generals have come out and said they will be used in wars in the area.

      There is beyond proof they china just lies every time, and time and time again 50 times, groundless is the world they use.

      Been busted so many times lying and court out in there own statments and media statments.

      Wake up for real mate.

      March 19, 2013 at 2:37 am | Reply
      • Baron96

        I keep wondering who hired Wen Ho Lee and vetted him? Why does NASA hire a Chinese person with a dark red Chinese passport in the first place. You are inviting trouble. Most Chinese are agnostic and lying for them is normal. Mainland China will steal and copy anything to advance their country.

        March 19, 2013 at 3:44 am |
    • scott

      They are guilty and we have all see there lies for a start. u know there reply "groundless".

      China said they would never build up or build up attack weapons, if we let them grow.

      China's gov statement to building up. Groundless & a lie with no proof. Attack weapons, china reply, Groundless and a lie. Hate to brake it to u but they did and groundless means it was not groundless like they said.

      west Intel. we think china is going to build a aircraft Carrier. china's reply. Groundless and a lie with no proof. China does not want a aircraft carrier and never will. LIE again. Groundless my ass.

      Well weeks later it come out that china already sighed the paper work to buy and fix the the aircraft carrier. So the statements by China's GOV & Hu Jintao to CNN / BBC / the world, was a thick lie once again. They new they 100% where going to build it as they once again lied to the world.

      China's response to that. shipping lanes, yea that's it, we are going to use them for shipping lanes, "and have a guess"? Its was "groundless" and a lie, they would ever be used in a war. LIE. there top generals have come out and said they will be used in wars in the area.

      There is beyond proof that china just lies every time, and time and time again 50 times, groundless is the world they use.

      Been busted so many times lying and court out in there own statements and media video statements its time to act unless.

      Some hacks have 100% been traced back to china military computer tec base. what did china say once again, GROUNDLESS.

      A jury would of seen it by now, as guilty assssssssss, why and how cant U?

      I don't take the world of china when everthing that comes out the mouth & said to date, has been a proven lie. Groundless A. lmao when they used that 1 again after the last 50 lies.

      March 19, 2013 at 3:05 am | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      if not all Muslims are TERRORISTS, more than half of them, YES.

      March 19, 2013 at 8:45 am | Reply
  25. zhangjian

    Why was he working for Nasa to begin with? How did he ever get his security clearance adjudicated? Only in America... No other nation would permit foreigners (including naturalized citizens) to have access to national security interests. I guess Jonathan Pollard is going to be released any time now (some say in 2015). Ridiculous!

    March 18, 2013 at 11:50 pm | Reply
  26. SammyHaggar

    This is what happens when you bring your fancy iPad through TSA agents.

    March 18, 2013 at 11:15 pm | Reply
  27. George Patton

    First you invite them in your home, then you lure them in stealing your stuff, and then you lock them up lol!!!

    March 18, 2013 at 11:00 pm | Reply
  28. George Patton

    lock him up with muslim terrorists..

    March 18, 2013 at 10:57 pm | Reply
  29. Aleko

    I have been living in China for nearly two years and can tell you, everyone steals from everyone out here. Communism has effectively wiped out all moral code. Their is no low the common man or government official would stoop to in order to get what they want. Just take a look at their environment destroyed by greedy companies, their people (many of which do not have money for basic living expenses and their dealings with other countires. In the words of Dong Xou Ping the former communist leader, "to be rich is glorious". They will do anything to make money or gain power.

    March 18, 2013 at 10:56 pm | Reply
    • KBW

      Sounds just like another nation I knew of once. You may have heard of it. United States of America. You know those guys. The ones who have the CIA enter a country to do negotiations for their resources? Why wouldn't you have geologists or engineers in first? No government cares about its people past the vote and the taxes. Do not fool yourselves.

      March 19, 2013 at 3:59 pm | Reply
    • Cyrus Bishop

      I was there for over 7 years.. you are correct. Rule 1 s take what you can – dont get caught... if you do better pay off the right people. Rule 2 If you are dumb enough to believe my lies then that is your problem. Rule 3. If you wanted it then you would of locked it up better. Rule 4 if you can make money off of someones elses hard work.. then do it. And so on...

      March 19, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  30. Stoner

    Hang the P.O.S.

    March 18, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Reply
  31. scott

    No China does not hack or steel anything. Groundless is what they will say even when the proof from the hard drive comes out.

    Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless Groundless

    March 18, 2013 at 9:37 pm | Reply
    • Religious Guy

      As long as there is no proof of Chinese govt. involvement, we cannot blame China. This guy could very well have been recruited for this operation by Israel or Russia or India too.

      March 18, 2013 at 10:00 pm | Reply
      • scott

        They are guilty and we have all see there lies for a start. u know there reply "groundless".

        China said they would never build up or build up attack weapons, if we let them grow.

        China's gov statement to building up. Groundless & a lie with no proof. Attack weapons, china reply, Groundless and a lie. Hate to brake it to u but they did and groundless means it was not groundless like they said.

        west Intel. we think china is going to build a aircraft Carrier. china's reply. Groundless and a lie with no proof. China does not want a aircraft carrier and never will. LIE again. Groundless my ass.

        Well weeks later it come out that china already sighed the paper work to buy and fix the the aircraft carrier. So the statements by China's GOV & Hu Jintao to CNN / BBC / the world, was a thick lie once again. They new they 100% where going to build it as they once again lied to the world.

        China's response to that. shipping lanes, yea that's it, we are going to use them for shipping lanes, "and have a guess"? Its was "groundless" and a lie, they would ever be used in a war. LIE. there top generals have come out and said they will be used in wars in the area.

        There is beyond proof that china just lies every time, and time and time again 50 times, groundless is the world they use.

        Been busted so many times lying and court out in there own statements and media video statements its time to act unless.

        Some hacks have 100% been traced back to china military computer tec base. what did china say once again, GROUNDLESS.

        A jury would of seen it by now, as guilty assssssssss, why and how cant U?

        I don't take the world of china when everything that comes out the mouth & said to date, has been a proven lie. Groundless A. lmao when they used that 1 again after the last 50 lies.

        March 19, 2013 at 3:19 am |
    • Fok Chinese

      Some Chinaman says so?

      March 19, 2013 at 1:14 am | Reply
    • Cyrus Bishop

      Really? You must no nothing about Chinese.

      March 19, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Reply
  32. jjiang

    China doesn't spy with officials. They spy with overseas students.

    It lets them blur the line between innocent civilian and government operative so they're harder to persecute. Know the enemy.

    March 18, 2013 at 7:57 pm | Reply
  33. fjm1235

    What a surprise! How else is China going to steal our technology? LOL!

    March 18, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Reply

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