Jury Convicts Ex-Boeing Contractor Of Drone Secrets Theft

By Michael Lipkin (April 28, 2014, 9:51 PM EDT) -- A Washington federal jury on Friday convicted a former Boeing Co. subsidiary contractor of stealing trade secrets, based on allegations that he blackmailed former co-workers to keep him from leaking sensitive information about a U.S. Navy project to build drones.

The jury found former Insitu Inc. contractor Stephen Marty Ward guilty of one count of theft of trade secrets. Ward was indicted in November 2011for taking a confidential maintenance manual and intimating, after he was fired, that he would sell it to interested parties during an upcoming trip to a foreign country.

The jury found that there were five trade secrets...

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