Unique-Former U.S. army pilot arrested in Australia listed similar Beijing handle as Chinese language hacker -documents By Reuters

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By Kirsty Needham

SYDNEY (Reuters) – A former U.S. army pilot arrested in Australia and going through doubtless extradition to the US on undisclosed costs listed the identical Beijing handle as a Chinese language businessman jailed in the US for conspiring to hack U.S. defence contractors’ computer systems, paperwork present.

The Beijing handle is listed in Australian firm filings for the pilot and a U.S. blacklisting for the Chinese language businessman, nevertheless, it was unclear whether or not they used the Beijing handle on the similar time.

Australian Federal Police arrested Daniel Edmund Duggan, 54, a former U.S. citizen, within the rural city of Orange in New South Wales state final month, appearing on a U.S. request for his arrest.

Particulars of the U.S. arrest warrant and the fees he faces are sealed, his lawyer stated. Consequently Reuters was unable to find out the specifics of Duggan’s case.

“He denies having breached any U.S. legislation, any Australian legislation, any worldwide legislation,” Duggan’s lawyer Dennis Miralis of Nyman, Gibson and Miralis stated exterior a Sydney court docket on Friday.

Miralis stated Duggan was being moved to a most safety jail within the regional city of Goulburn and that he didn’t search bail on the instructions listening to within the Sydney native court docket. The matter was adjourned till November 28.

A former army pilot instructed Reuters that Duggan, who grew to become an aviation marketing consultant after his army service, moved from Australia to Beijing in 2013/2014 to work with a Chinese language businessman referred to as Stephen.

Proven {a photograph} by a Reuters reporter, the previous army pilot recognized Stephen Su, the Chinese language businessman convicted on hacking costs in the US, however didn’t provide particulars in regards to the enterprise the 2 have been concerned in.

Duggan’s LinkedIn profile additionally stated he was in China throughout this time.

One other aviation supply stated Duggan went to Beijing to work with Stephen Su, often known as Su Bin in China.

Su Bin was arrested in Canada in July 2014 and jailed in the US two years later, in a high-profile hacking case involving the theft of U.S. army plane designs by the Chinese language army during which he pleaded responsible, court docket information present.


A Reuters evaluation of firm filings for Duggan’s former enterprise Prime Gun Tasmania to the Australian company regulator confirmed Duggan had licensed paperwork that notified of his change of handle and his sale of the corporate in January and April 2014, stating his residential handle from December 2013 was an house in Beijing’s Chaoyang district.

The identical handle appeared on the U.S. Entity Checklist in August 2014 as belonging to Su Bin and his aviation expertise firm Nuodian Know-how, often known as Lode Tech in English language advertising and marketing materials.

The U.S. Entity Checklist, which refers to each firm names, is a commerce blacklist of individuals and corporations deemed to pose a danger to U.S. nationwide safety.

The handle, Constructing 1-1, No. 67 Caiman Avenue, Chaoyang Street, stays on the U.S. blacklist for involvement within the unauthorised exploitation of U.S. Division of Protection contractor laptop techniques to illicitly get hold of managed expertise associated to army initiatives.

When Reuters visited the Beijing handle this week the reporter was instructed it was a residential constructing and denied entry.

The U.S. blacklist additionally cites a second handle for Nuodian Know-how and Su Bin, in an workplace advanced subsequent to the residential constructing. Reuters was instructed by a constructing supervisor somebody from Nuodian Know-how had opened an workplace there, however added the corporate moved out seven to eight years in the past. That is across the time of Su Bin’s arrest.

Chinese language firm information present Nuodian Know-how first registered a Beijing workplace in 2003.

Su Bin, 51, was sentenced to a 46-month jail time period in 2016 by a Los Angeles court docket after being charged with collaborating in a years-long scheme by Chinese language army officers to acquire delicate army data.

Su Bin pleaded responsible to conspiring with two Chinese language air pressure officers who hacked into the pc techniques of Boeing (NYSE:) and different corporations to acquire knowledge about army initiatives, violating the arms export management act.


Duggan arrived in Australia from China weeks earlier than his arrest and had interacted with Australian intelligence businesses, his lawyer stated. He didn’t identify the businesses, present particulars on what was below investigation or Duggan’s potential position in it.

Miralis stated he would lodge a grievance with Australia’s inspector-general of intelligence, an oversight physique, about issues which contact on Australia’s nationwide safety. The inspector-general’s workplace declined to remark.

Miralis stated the US mustn’t make an extradition request till this grievance was resolved.

Beneath Australia’s extradition treaty with the US, an extradition request should be made inside 60 days of arrest.

“It is vital to know the authorized system in Australia has not but seized jurisdiction of the matter, we’re extra within the space of worldwide relations, and it’s a determination for the US State Division to find out whether or not or not it needs to ship an extradition request to Australia,” stated Miralis.

“This has nothing to do with legislation, this has the whole lot to do with worldwide politics and worldwide relations.”

The USA Division of Justice has declined to remark about Duggan’s case.

Australia’s Legal professional Normal’s Division stated it couldn’t give particulars of any potential extradition request and China’s overseas ministry stated it was “not conscious of this example”, in response to Reuters written questions.

Robert Anello, the lawyer who represented Su Bin within the 2014 hacking case, declined to remark and Su Bin couldn’t be reached for remark.

Duggan’s arrest got here the identical week Britain warned dozens of former army pilots to cease working in China or face prosecution by the British authorities on nationwide safety grounds below new legal guidelines to cease former RAF pilots coaching the Chinese language army, as a result of it risked the switch of secrets and techniques and details about British air pressure capabilities.

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