Accused NASA Spy Bo Jiang’s Worst Offense May Have Been Downloading Porn, According To US Justice System

Bo Jiang

Bo Jiang, the suspected Chinese spy who was pulled off a plane on March 16 just as it was preparing to fly him out of the country, downloaded more than just classified NASA documents and sensitive information, as revealed by Bloomberg.

Actually, let’s back up a bit. Did he actually possess classified NASA documents and state secrets?

In late March, US Magistrate Judge Lawrence Leonard released Jiang from custody “after a federal prosecutor acknowledged there is no evidence so far that he possessed any sensitive, secret or classified material.” So the answer, at least legally, is no. Jiang’s lawyer, Fernando Groene, called the proceedings a “witch hunt” to which Jiang was made a “scapegoat.”

So what do prosecutors have on him? Bloomberg:

Bo Jiang, who was indicted March 20 for allegedly making false statements to the U.S., was charged yesterday in a separate criminal information in federal court in Newport News, Virginia. Jiang unlawfully downloaded copyrighted movies and sexually explicit films onto his NASA laptop, according to the court filing. A plea hearing is set for tomorrow.

Let’s reiterate here that the “making false statements to the US” reportedly did not stick. His trial was scheduled for May 29, but “along with the misdemeanor, the government said it had resolved the false statements case, Assistant U.S. Attorney Gordon Kromberg said in a filing today,” according to Bloomberg.

It’s not clear how it was resolved. But prosecutors are obviously desperate if they’re now charging Bo Jiang with possessing “unlawfully downloaded copyrighted movies and sexually explicit films.” It’s like going after Al Capone with tax evasion, except nothing at all like it: violating agency computer usage policy is only a misdemeanor.

A plea hearing is set for tomorrow. The worst that will now happen to the 31-year-old Jiang, it appears, is a loss of face. Possession of porn. We hope his mother never finds out.

NASA astronaut porn

Chinese NASA Spy Suspect to Plead to Computer Rule Charge (Bloomberg)

4 Responses to “Accused NASA Spy Bo Jiang’s Worst Offense May Have Been Downloading Porn, According To US Justice System”

  1. Fred

    Typical. Of course, this silly little fact won’t stop the original claim from being propagated forever, with some 70% of congress believing it as fact… because america is just that fucking retarded.

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  2. narsfweasels

    Well, in China downloading porn can get you a prison sentence, but premediated murder gets you a reprieve. The justice system of both countries’ is flawed.

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  3. Jason

    Anyone believing that Bo Jiang had porn on his computer is an idiot. This is a witch hunt and the porn stuff is giving face to corrupt Senator Wolf and Justice Department.

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