Prepared Remarks of Kenneth L. Wainstein, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, at a Press Conference Announcing Esp

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following prepared remarks were released today by the U.S. Department of Justice: Good afternoon. I'm Ken Wainstein, the Assistant Attorney General for National Security. Thank you all for...


We see that in the prosecutions we have been bringing into court lately. In the past six months, we have filed charges in a half dozen cases involving efforts to acquire different types of technology, ranging from battlefield night-vision equipment to accelerometers used in the development of smart bombs and missiles.

And, we see that in the cases we're announcing today -- two espionage conspiracies that reflect two very different schemes and approaches.

One is the classic espionage network, complete with traditional elements of spy tradecraft -- including foreign handlers, pay-offs, cut-out couriers and a compromised government employee -- all of which resulted in the penetration of our government's information security system and the passage of national defense information.

The other is an effort to give intelligence taskings to an aerospace engineer who had a position in American industry that afforded him access to sensitive trade secrets on our military and aerospace programs.

Two different approaches, but both with the same objective in mind -- which is to get a hold of our nation's military secrets.

These two cases plainly represent the magnitude of the threat we face.

But also, they represent the magnitude of our efforts to meet that threat.

They represent our willingness to bring the full range of investigative resources and the full weight of the law against anyone who conducts foreign espionage against our national interests.

And, they represent what really are exceptional efforts by a fine group of dedicated investigators and prosecutors across the country -- efforts that we should all be proud of.

And, to learn more about those efforts, I'll now turn it over to the U.S. Attorneys. First we'll hear from Chuck Rosenberg , and we'll next hear from Tom O'Brien. After that, we'll take a few questions.

SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice