And Now Another U.S. Spy Story ...
Suddenly, it seems as though there's something of a surfeit of U.S. 'spy-stories' surfacing.
This afternoon someone dropped this bombshell in This Old Brit's in-box.
Isle man accused of selling secrets
By Peter Boylan and Rob Perez Advertiser Staff Writers
The B-2's stealth design allows it to fly virtually undetected by enemy radar. All 21 of the B-2s in service are stationed at Whiteman.
A Maui resident who was a former design engineer for a large defense contractor has been accused of selling classified information about the B-2 stealth bomber to at least three foreign governments, the FBI said yesterday.
How does that sound for a completely unexpected and totally unpleasant; Aloha from Haiku, Hawaii, eh?
Noshir S. Gowadia of Haiku was arrested yesterday on suspicion of "willfully communicating national defense information to a person not entitled to receive it,"So spake the F.B.I.
Then they said this too.
"This is an extremely important case and we won't be commenting until we're prepared to do so," said U.S. Attorney Ed Kubo in a telephone interview last night from Ontario, Calif.
Hmmm. " ... an extremely important case ... ".
Oh really ? Sounds sort of an understatement, some of us would say.
Particularly in view of the following few facts.
The B-2's stealth design allows it to fly virtually undetected by enemy radar.
The B-2 is a strategic, long-range bomber that can fly more than 6,000 miles before refueling while carrying 40,000 pounds of conventional or nuclear weapons, according to Northrop Grumman's Web site.
Its stealth design allows it to fly virtually undetected by enemy radar at a ceiling
of 50,000 feet.
During Operation Allied Force and Operation Enduring Freedom, the bomber performed missions up to 44 hours long, according to the company.
Next, here's more about the man involved.
From November 1968 to April 1986, Gowadia worked for Northrop Grumman Corp., which was involved in the design and manufacture of the B-2 Spirit Bomber, the FBI said.Then there's this on another Northrop Grumman guy -- and what he wouldn't say when asked.
During his tenure with the company, Gowadia worked in the development of the aircraft's propulsion system, the FBI said.
Dan McClain, a corporate communications director for Northrop Grumman, declined comment yesterday.But, courtesy of the intrepid journalistic trio of Christie Wilson, Peter Boylan and Rob Perez --at the Honolulu Advertiser -- you can learn a little more at this link.