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Engineer accused of stealing secret U.S. government tech used to detect nuclear missile launches

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A former engineer was arrested on federal charges alleging he stole trade secret technology that was developed by the U.S. government to detect nuclear missile launches and to track ballistic and hypersonic missiles, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday.


Chenguang Gong, 57, of San Jose, California, was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with theft of trade secrets, the DOJ said in a press release. Gong is a native of China and became a U.S. citizen in 2011, the DOJ said.


Gong appeared in court Wednesday and was released on $2.5 million bond with location monitoring and curfew, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles said.


During that hearing, which took place in San Jose, he was represented by a deputy federal public defender. He was ordered to make a court appeared in Los Angeles by Feb. 20 and it remains unclear who will represent him in that hearing, the spokesperson said.