Update 5:30 p.m. — The man arrested in Ithaca with stolen US military documents was here to visit his girlfriend, who is a graduate student at Cornell, according to federal officials.

The paperwork filed against Yu Long has been added to the bottom of this story.

Earlier —

Ithaca, N.Y. — A man was arrested in Ithaca last month and accused of trying to take stolen U.S. military documents to China, according to a statement released by the Department of Justice today.

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The stolen documents pertained to the development of advanced titanium for U.S. military aircraft, the DOJ said.

Yu Long, 36, faces federal charges for taking documents from a Connecticut defense contractor where he had long been employed, according to to the statement released today by the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut.

It’s not clear why or for what period of time Long was in Ithaca. He was arrested at a home in Ithaca on Nov. 7 after trying, two days earlier, to fly to China from New Jersey with the “sensitive, proprietary material,” according to federal officials.

Long was taken to federal court in Syracuse on Nov. 8 and Nov. 10, detained and then transferred to Connecticut.

On Tuesday, Long appeared in front of US Judge William I. Garfinkel in Bridgeport, Conn. Garfinkel ordered the criminal complaint against Long unsealed.

Long worked as a senior engineer/scientist at a research and development center for a major defense contractor in Connecticut, the feds say.

Here’s what the feds said in a statement:

“Both during and after his employment (with the unnamed contractor), LONG traveled to the People’s Republic of China.  Most recently, on August 19, 2014, LONG returned to the U.S. from China through John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and, during a secondary inspection screening by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers, LONG was found in the possession of $10,000.00 in undeclared U.S. cash, registration documents for a new corporation being set up in China, and a largely completed application for work with a state-controlled aviation and aerospace research center in China. 

The application materials highlighted certain of LONG’s work history and experiences that he claimed to have obtained while employed at Company A, including work on F119 and F135 engines.  The F119 engine is employed by the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft, and the F135 engine is employed by the U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft.

The documents bore warnings that they contained sensitive, proprietary and export controlled material, which could not be copied or communicated to a third party.  Moreover, since 1989, the U.S. has imposed a prohibition upon the export to China of all U.S. defense articles and associated technical data as a result of the conduct in June 1989 at Tiananmen Square by the military of the People’s Republic of China.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.