In an exclusive report on November 5, Reuters reveals that the former pilot for the U.S. military used the same registered address as that of a Chinese hacker.
54-year-old Daniel Edmund Duggan, a former American, moved to Australia after ten years of service in the U.S. military. Records show that in December 2013, he registered a residential address in Building 1-1, No. 67 Caiman Street, in Beijing’s core district, Chaoyang.
The same address appeared in the U.S. Entity List in August 2014 but under a Chinese owner identified as Su Bin. The U.S. in 2016 sentenced Su to 46 months behind bars for attempting to hack Boeing’s computer system and extract data about military projects.
Su, the owner of the aviation technology company Nuodian Technology, or Lode Tech, worked with two Chinese air force officers in what was described as a years-long scheme.
The address stayed blacklisted for its involvement in the case, where computer networks belonging to the U.S. Department of Defense contractors were exploited to gain restricted technologies for use in military projects.
People told Reuters that Duggan, the American pilot, used to work as an aviation consultant with a Chinese businessman when he migrated to Beijing around 2013 and 2014. A military pilot confirmed from an unpublished photograph that the Chinese person was Stephen Su, who was convicted in the U.S. on hacking charges.
It remains unclear what businesses Su and Duggan had with each other. As yet, no specific details of their residency in the Chaoyang apartment are available.
The Australian authorities arrested Duggan on October 21 on behalf of an FBI request. His detention came as the U.K. government sounded the alarm about former military pilots recruited to train the Chinese force.
Duggan is currently at a maximum security prison in the regional town of Goulburn. He has denied breaching any U.S., Australian, or other country’s laws.
Dennis Miralis, his defense attorney, announced that he would lodge a formal complaint on the actions of Australian intelligence agents during the arrest. According to Miralis, Duggan’s extradition should be delayed until Australia’s intelligence watchdog has addressed this allegation.