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Espionage and Trade Theft: 3 Charged in China-Related Cases

It may sound like a “Mission Impossible” movie plot but, in reality, truth again proves stranger than fiction, with the arrests of two Chinese nationals and a Harvard professor, all charged with espionage, theft of trade secrets and hacking.  The U.S. Department of Justice announced in late January 2020 that an investigation spanning several years had culminated in charges against the three. Charles Lieber, chairman of Harvard’s department of chemistry and chemical biology, was charged with “making a materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statement.” He allegedly also received $50,000 a month from China’s Wuhan University of Technology (WUT) and other financial perks to establish a research lab at WUT — all while employed at Harvard.  Read more....

 

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