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FBI Agent Warns Business Sector of Theft of Trade Secrets

FBI Agent Kevin Moberly/

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — In the most appropriate of places — the International Spy Museum in Washington — FBI Supervisory Special  Agent Kevin Moberly of the Economic Espionage Unit on Tuesday addressed a group of business people about the theft of corporate secrets.

“Who’s the target…? Pretty much everybody,” he told the group at a luncheon organized by the American Society of Industrial Security — National Capital Chapter and sponsored by NOVA Technical Services, a Virgina-based company that specializes in technical surveillance countermeasures.

Moberly said every aspect of corporate secrets seems to be fair game, from aerospace to biological and agricultural secrets, and the thieves can be competitors or foreign nations.

He told the business crowd what to be on the look out for with questionable employees: Frequent international travel; changes in behavior; an unexpected resignation and downloading data prior to leaving the company.

During the presentation, he noted that a Russian KGB agent in the 1980s said his nation only needed the defection of three American generals to win the cold war: General Motors, General Electric and General Dynamics.

He detailed the case against Dongfan “Greg” Chung, a Boeing stress analyst, who was busted for leaking highly classified information  to the Chinese government for decades. Agents found about 300,000 pages of trade secret-proprietary papers in his Southern California home on the U.S. space shuttle, a booster rocket and military troop transports.  He was sentenced to 15 years and 8 months in prison in 2010.

Moberly also warned that business people traveling abroad need to be careful about securing top secret materials in places like hotel rooms.  He showed a video of Chinese agents entering a hotel room with the help of the hotel employees, and going through an American businessman’s belongings in an apparent search of secrets. At some point, he said,  they discovered a hidden camera, which was installed by the American company, and wondered whose camera it was.

When asked by a member of the audience whether some companies refuse to cooperate with the FBI because they prefer that the theft of trade secrets not  be made public, he simply said: “Yes.”

Blago Attys Claim FBI Tape of Rahm Emanuel Missing

Ex-Gov on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice

By Allan Lengel

He’s back.

Ex-Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich — a man who never saw a microphone he didn’t like — has filed a pretrial motion seeking what he says is missing evidence including records of a phone call between  Blagojevich aide John Harris and then White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, the Associated Press reported.

Blagojevich is set to face a second trial in Chicago  on public corruption charges April 20. The first one ended in an embarrassment for prosecutors who got a conviction on only one of 24 counts — lying to an FBI agent. The jury deadlocked on the rest.

AP reports that the motion claims the missing telephone conversation took place just a day before Blagojevich’s December 2008 arrest.

AP reported that the motion says the conversation could help the defense.

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Ouch! Calif. Secret Service Agent on Nancy Reagan Detail Shoots Himself at Gun Range

By Allan Lengel

The lion’s share of Secret Service agents on protective details go an entire career without getting shot.

Then there’s one of the Secret Service agents who protects Nancy Reagan.

The Associated Press reports that the agent accidentally shot himself in the hip Friday at the Ventura County, Calif. Sheriff’s Department shooting range.

AP, citing Ventura County sheriff’s spokesman Capt. Mike Aranda, says the gun went off as the agent was putting it back in its holster. The agent, whose name was not released, was hospitalized for a non-life threatening injury, AP reported.

The shooting is being investigated by the Secret Service.

Fla. Court of Appeals Will Hear Appeal of Ex-FBI Agent John Connolly on Murder Conviction

John Connolly-wbz-tv

By Allan Lengel

Ex-Boston FBI agent John Connolly, who authorities say stepped way over the line in his relationship with the mob, is appealing his 2008 second-degree murder conviction in the 1982 mob-related slaying of a gambling executive in Miami, the Associated Press reports.

AP reported that the Florida Court of Appeals will hear the appeal on Tuesday. Connolly, 70, was convicted of providing information to mobsters who put the hit on former World Jai-Alai President John Callahan.

He was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

AP reports that Connolly’s attorneys are arguing that the statute of limitations expired on second-degree murder expired because Connolly never handled the murder weapon.

But prosecutors say Connolly was armed when he tipped off the mobsters in what resulted in the murder, AP reported.

At one time, Connolly was considered the FBI’s most effective mob investigator in Boston. He has a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard.