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Classified info security officer appointed in trade case

CINCINNATI (AP) – A federal judge has appointed a classified information security officer in the case of a Chinese spy accused of trying to steal trade secrets from multiple U.S. aviation and aerospace companies.

Defendant Yanjun Xu was charged Wednesday with conspiring and attempting to commit economic espionage and theft of trade secrets.

Prosecutors allege that beginning in December 2013, Xu recruited experts who worked at aviation companies, including GE Aviation. They say Xu and others would pay stipends for the experts to travel to China under the guise of delivering a university presentation.

Court papers say Xu and other operatives discussed how they would obtain “highly sensitive information” from the experts.

Cincinnati Judge Timothy Black on Thursday appointed the security officer to the case.

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