Harvard Chemistry Chair Charles Lieber Charged For Hiding China Ties; 2 Chinese Nationals Accused Of Economic EspionageChris Menahan
Jan. 28, 2020
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Harvard University's Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology chair, Charles Lieber, was hit with "extremely serious" charges on Tuesday for allegedly hiding a contract with China's Wuhan Institute of Technology involving a program which the FBI says "rewarded individuals for stealing proprietary information and violating export controls."
Two other Chinese nationals were also charged and accused of economic espionage.
From NBC News, "Harvard's chemistry chair charged with lying about China contract":
Federal prosecutors on Tuesday charged a top Harvard University scientist with lying to the Department of Defense about his work for a Chinese-run talent recruitment program.
[...] The Thousand Talents program tries to recruit experts from Western universities to work in China and ramp up its progress in science and technology. In a complaint, the FBI said the program has "rewarded individuals for stealing proprietary information and violating export controls."More from Mass Live, "Chinese national Zaosong Zheng accused of stealing vials of biological materials from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, trying to smuggle the items to China":
A Chinese researcher has been accused of trying to smuggle vials of biological materials out of the country that authorities allege he stole from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
The announcement was one of three cases the U.S. Attorney’s office said were just the latest in “a massive, long-term campaign to steal U.S. technology.”Lieber received an award from the Israeli Wolf Foundation back in 2012 for his work on nanowires.
Lieber's website for "The Lieber group" lists such sponsors as the Office of Naval Research, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, National Institutes of Health and MITRE.
NBC Boston reported Tuesday that Lieber "faces up to 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted."
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