Charge against a former Canada Space Agency employee

December 8, 2021
Montréal, Quebec

News release

An RCMP investigation has led to a charge of breach of trust by a public officer against a Brossard man. Wanping Zheng, aged 61, is being charged in relation to illegal activities carried out alongside his duties at the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).

The Integrated National Security Enforcement team (INSET) initiated an investigation in October 2019 after receiving information from the CSA's Departmental Security. According to the facts, Mr. Zheng allegedly used his status as a CSA engineer to negotiate agreements for the installation of satellite station facilities in Iceland. He allegedly acted on behalf of a Chinese aerospace company.

Mr. Zheng is scheduled to appear in court in Longueuil on December 15.

About the RCMP's Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET)

The RCMP has the mandate of detecting and disrupting attempted foreign interference. It investigates activities carried out by or on behalf of foreign actors that constitute a risk to Canada's economy and institutions.

Interference by foreign actors is a priority for many law enforcement and intelligence agencies around the world. The Canadian Space Agency is part of Canada's critical infrastructure and constitutes a strategic interest to be protected. The RCMP and its partners are working with the sectors at risk to improve Canada's response and resilience to this threat.

Public appeal

Do you have information on the illegal activities of individuals or groups of individuals? Contact the RCMP at 514-939-8300/1-800-771-5401 or your local police department.


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