Judge Leoni Brinkema (E.D. Va.) sentenced Gregg W. Bergersen to almost five years in prison for his role in providing secret information about U.S.-Taiwanese military relationships to a Chinese spy. According to Matthew Barakat, writing for the Associated Press, View Article, the Chinese spy (Tai Kuo) fronted as a New Orleans furniture salesman who was aligned with Taiwan. Instead, Barakat reports, it turns out that Kuo was forwarding the information to China. Bergersen stated in court that he believed he was helping Taiwan develop a new air defense system and did not turn over the information with a motive for financial gain, a claim that federal prosecutors challenged.
According to the article, Kuo has pleaded guilty to espionage, and sentencing for him should occur later this month.