NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - Bo Jiang, a former NASA contractor accused of lying to federal agents, could be released on bond.
Jiang is a Chinese national who allegedly failed to disclose all of the electronics he took with him on a one-way flight to China last week.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Lawrece Leonard said Wednesday the government has not provided evidence that Jiang is a flight risk nor that he is a danger to society.
"The government said there is a potential he had that information, but what we've heard does not support that claim," Leonard said.
Jiang will remain in prison until his monitoring system is set up and will then be released under a $10,000 bond.
Jiang's attorney Fernando Groene said the Government also failed to show there was any classified information on Jiang's NASA computers.
U.S. Attorney Lisa McKeel had no comment outside court. McKeel made it clear there will be discussions on whether to appeal Judge Leonard's decision.
After his initial court hearing last week, Jiang's friends and family professed his innocence, and said the matter could have been a simple language misinterpretation as Jiang does not speak English well.
Jiang was a PHD student at Old Dominion University and had worked with NASA-Langley as a contractor. He worked at the Hampton facility for the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) until January 2013.
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