90 Miles From Tyranny : Harvard’s top chemist arrested, accused of hiding Chinese government ties, set up research lab in Wuhan China....

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Harvard’s top chemist arrested, accused of hiding Chinese government ties, set up research lab in Wuhan China....

Charles Lieber, Harvard University, Wuhan China








The head of Harvard University’s chemistry department has been arrested on charges related to his alleged ties to China’s communist government.

Charles Lieber, 60, is accused of lying to the Department of Defense and the National Institutes of Health about his participation in China’s Thousand Talents Program. The program was reportedly started by China in 2008 allegedly to entice U.S. scientists and researchers to improperly hand over U.S. research.

Prosecutors say that under Lieber’s Thousand Talents program contract, Wuhan University of Technology in China paid

Under Lieber’s Thousand Talents program contract, prosecutors say Wuhan University of Technology in China paid $50,000 a month and provided Lieber with living expenses up to $158,000. Authorities say Lieber also received more than $1.5 million to set up a research lab at Wuhan University of Technology. In return, Lieber allegedly agreed to provide multiple services for the Chinese university including publishing articles and applying for patents.

Harvard has placed Lieber on indefinite administrative leave.

Relationships among U.S. academics, academic institutions, and China have come under scrutiny with China’s reported theft of American intellectual property. Investigators say the Chinese government deploys numerous tactics to steal valuable research and other information, often material funded at U.S. taxpayer expense. The tactics include recruiting or using academics and students at American universities.

Prosecutors also charged a Boston University researcher, Yanqing Ye, with lying about her ties to the Chinese military. She is said to now be..

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