Canadian authorities have detained 53-year-old naval engineer Qing “Quentin” Huang for attempting to pass along classified info on Canada’s shipbuilding to China. Huang was charged with two counts of “attempting to communicate to a foreign entity information that the Government of Canada is taking measures to safeguard.” Global News reports:
“On Thursday, the RCMP was informed the accused was taking steps to pass on information of a classified nature,” said RCMP Chief Superintendent Jennifer Strachan, the Criminal Operations Officer for the Province of Ontario.
Strachan said the documents pertained to Canada’s national shipbuilding and procurement strategy, including the building of patrol ships, frigates, naval auxiliary vessels, science research vessels and ice breakers details of which could give other countries a tactical or economic advantage at Canada’s expense.
Authorities say there is no immediate security threat stemming from the attempted leak. Huang will likely spend life in prison. This comes months after NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden outed himself and fled the US to seek asylum in Hong Kong.
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