A former engineer at the Canadian Space Agency is accused of using his position to benefit a Chinese aerospace company and now faces criminal charges.
Wanping Zheng, who was charged last week in what police are calling “a matter of foreign actor interference,” claimed publicly to have overseen a number of major Canadian aerospace projects.
Last week the RCMP charged the 61-year-old Brossard, Que. man with breach of trust. He’s accused of using his status as an engineer at the Canadian Space Agency to negotiate satellite station installation agreements with Iceland on behalf of a Chinese aerospace company. Documents filed in court show the alleged crime happened back in 2018.
“We do consider this to be a matter of foreign actor interference,” RCMP Inspector David Beaudoin, the officer in charge of operations for the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) in Quebec, said late last week.
A source with knowledge of the investigation said the company Zheng is accused of helping is called Spacety.