A Chinese scientist working for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was detained by the FBI at Washington D.C.'s Dulles International Airport before boarding a plane for China, according to the Chinese-language World Journal.
Bo Jiang was carrying a notebook computer which contained sensitive information from his work at Langley Research Center in Norfolk, Virginia when he was arrested by the FBI.
The FBI had acted on a tip by Congressman Frank Wolf who said that he had received information by workers at Langley Research Center on Jiang's numerous instances of bringing sensitve information home on his notebook computer.
Wolf said work at the Langley Research Center involved unmanned space missions along with military technology which would be of interest by the PRC government.
Dozens of Chinese citizens such as Jiang are employed at the Langley Researh Center under contract, despite their lack of American citizenship or a green card.
Wolf serves as a member of the House Appropriations Committee which controls NASA's budget. The Congressman said that if Jiang did indeed steal sensitive information for mainland China, he would be violating rules that prohibit the cooperation of NASA with PRC's space program or any mainland China corporation.