Thomas Patrick Cavanaugh
|Thomas Patrick Cavanaugh|
|Criminal penalty||Life imprisonment|
|Criminal status||Paroled in 2001|
Thomas Patrick Cavanaugh is an aerospace engineer who was sentenced in 1985 after being convicted of trying to sell stealth bomber secrets to the Soviet Union.
Cavanaugh was arrested at a hotel in Commerce, California, in December 1984, by FBI agents posing as Soviet spies. Cavanaugh, who worked at Northrop, was debt-ridden, undergoing a divorce, and was "willing to take $25,000 American dollars in cash for technology that cost the United States billions to develop". $25,000 in 1984 is equivalent to $57,000 in 2015.
- Long, Tony (2012-05-23). "May 23, 1985: Selling Stealth Secrets to the Reds Comes at a High Price". Wired. Retrieved 2016-09-06.