Engineer Who Sold China US Secrets Gets 32 Years

Noshir Gowadia's family plans appeal
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2011 6:12 AM CST
Engineer Who Sold China US Secrets Gets 32 Years
Ashton Gowadia, whose father, Noshir Gowadia, has been convicted of selling secrets to China, stands outside the United States Courthouse in Honolulu Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008.   (AP Photo/Ronen Zilberman)

A US engineer has received a 32-year sentence for selling military secrets to China, the BBC reports. Noshir Gowadia, 66, who worked on the B-2 bomber’s propulsion system, was found guilty in August of giving China information that helped it build a stealth cruise missile. He was reportedly paid $110,000—used to pay off his mortgage. But lawyers defending him said the information he provided was freely available.

A Hawaii judge said Indian-born Gowadia had broken “his oath of loyalty” to the US and “was found guilty of marketing valuable technology to foreign countries for personal gain.” Prosecutors had sought a life sentence. Gowadia’s family plans an appeal. “My father would never, ever do anything to intentionally to hurt this country,” said his son. Click for more on China's theft of US military secrets.
(Read more Noshir Gowadia stories.)

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