Seattle police have charged a former Boeing worker on 16 counts of computer trespass.
George Eastman, a former quality assurance inspector with Boeing's propulsion division, allegedly passed sensitive information to the Federal Aviation Authority and a local newspaper regarding Boeing's safety record.
FAA officials said Boeing was non-compliant with procedure, but had corrected itself. The FAA declined to act further. Eastman subsequently filed a complaint against the FAA with the US Department of Transport.
Police arrested Eastman a year ago and discovered some 320,000 documents on his personal computers, court documents said.
Police said Eastman had unfettered access to Boeing's files because of his work, but Boeing policy was to limit access to files necessary to his work duties. Police allege Eastman took information that was not related to his work.
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