Federal prosecutors say the mother of the Wisconsin sailor accused of selling secrets to the Chinese encouraged him to do it.
The claim came during Tuesday’s hearing for Jinchao Wei from Delevan. He’s accused of selling China information about his ship, as well as other secrets about U.S. military capabilities in the Pacific. Prosecutors say Wei, who was born in China, offered to sell the secrets as a way to improve his application to become a U.S. citizen. Prosecutors also say Wei’s mother encouraged him to continue selling secrets as a way to possibly get a job with the Chinese government someday. The military did not name Wei’s mother, and no one is saying if she may face charges in the case.