The Technobandits

America struggles to stop leakage of its industrial secrets to the East

Corporal Danny Fudge of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police stopped for coffee in a Yukon fishing village one day last summer and proceeded to make the catch of his life. In the Yukon Motel restaurant in Teslin (pop. 350), the ruddy, barrel-chested Mountie eyed a 300-lb. stranger sitting nearby. He thought he might have seen the man before -- on a wanted poster. The stranger, it turned out, was Charles McVey, a particularly notorious smuggler sought by U.S. Customs officials for illegally exporting millions of dollars' worth of computer equipment to Moscow. The sharp-eyed Corporal Fudge got his man, and is...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!