The Department of Justice recently arrested a Harvard University professor for allegedly making false statements about his connections to the People’s Republic of China.
Dr. Charles Lieber is the Chair of Harvard University’s Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department, specializing in the area of nanoscience.
According to the Justice Department, Lieber began serving as “Strategic Scientist” for a Chinese university in 2011 while remaining employed full-time by Harvard.
It is reported that Lieber was a participant of a China’s Thousand Talents Plan. Officials say it is designed to recruit high-level overseas scientists and foreign experts to provide China with U.S. knowledge, expertise, and proprietary information
The Chinese university allegedly paid Lieber $50,000 per month and over $150,000 in expenses during a three-year contract.
The Justice Department complaint says that Leiber lied about his involvement in the Thousand Talents Plan and his affiliation with the Chinese university.
Lieber denies the charges.
Lieber’s arrest is part of the DOJ’s China Initiative, which prioritizes countering Chinese national security threats and reinforces President Trump’s overall national security strategy.
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