DOJ Drops Cases Against Five Visiting Chinese Researchers Accused Of Lying About Ties To China Military

Jeffrey Cawood

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has reportedly dropped cases against five visiting researchers from China accused of lying about their ties to the Chinese military.

The Wall Street Journal described the move as “a major setback to a landmark effort to root out alleged Chinese intelligence gathering in the U.S.”

According to the outlet, federal prosecutors said in court documents filed late Thursday and Friday that “they would no longer pursue visa fraud and other charges against the scientists, including biomedical and cancer researchers in California and a doctoral candidate studying artificial intelligence in Indiana.”

The WSJ reported: “The academics had been arrested last July in an FBI sweep that began after another researcher, Wang Xin, acknowledged to law enforcement – as he tried to leave the U.S. – that he had lied about his military service on his visa application to boost his chances of gaining admission to the U.S., and had been tasked with bringing back some information by a supervisor.” He had worked in a lab at the University of California-San Francisco.

Dr. Juan Tang, 38, another visiting researcher at the University of California-Davis, was set to go on trial in Sacramento on Monday. After her case was formally dropped on Friday, “Tang had her GPS ankle bracelet removed, her Chinese passport returned and she headed toward a flight home to see her mother, husband and 9-year-old daughter for the first time in a year,” according to the Sacramento Bee. The outlet reported, “The motion by Assistant U.S. Attorney Heiko Coppola gave no reason for seeking the dismissal, and acting U.S. Attorney Phillip Talbert declined to comment.”

According to the WSJ, “Judges had dismissed parts of the cases against Ms. Tang and another researcher in recent weeks after finding that FBI agents hadn’t properly informed them of their rights against self-incrimination when interviewing them.”

“In all of our prosecutions, the Department of Justice evaluates the merits of a case as it prepares for trial,” said DOJ spokesman Wyn Hornbuckle. “Recent developments in a handful of cases involving defendants with alleged, undisclosed ties to the People’s Liberation Army of the People’s Republic of China have prompted the Department to re-evaluate these prosecutions, and we have determined that it is now in the interest of justice to dismiss them.”

“The Department continues to place a very high priority on countering the threat posed to American research security and academic integrity by the PRC government’s agenda and policies,” Hornbuckle continued.

The other accused researchers included Chen Song, a neurologist who had been at Stanford University; Guan Lei, a researcher in artificial intelligence at UCLA; and Zhao Kaikai, an artificial intelligence doctoral student at Indiana University.

According to officials, soon after the State Department claimed to have evidence that showed Chinese consulates assisting the visiting scientists last year, more than 1,000 Chinese military-affiliated researchers left the United States.

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8 comments on “DOJ Drops Cases Against Five Visiting Chinese Researchers Accused Of Lying About Ties To China Military

  1. A grand jury delivered an indictment against them, so it was a serious case. I don’t know why this still shocks me, but it does. UC Davis also got USAID monies which they gave to Daszak-EcoHealth Alliance who gave to Wuhan Institute of Virology. I think they gave directly to Wuhan Institute of Virology, too. The PI at UC Davis is JK Mazet. They have the cruel program where they supposedly grab poor bats from caves and swab their bottoms or otherwise test their poo, so they can blame the bats for gain-of-function created viruses (in my opinion). I wonder if they even really do the work or they just stand for photo-ops in the caves. The UC Davis-USAID-Mazet program is also connected to Duke-NUS in Singapore who had an author on the paper that Senator Paul discussed when interrogating Fauci on gain-of-function. UC Davis also has contracts related to training emergency workers in locking down rural America in quarantine. I see a pattern of evil at UC Davis.

    I also think that all of those willing to torment helpless animals, especially cute ones like bats and bunnies, have to qualms about tormenting humans – whether with experimental vaccines or other.

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    • Remember what I said a while back about bringing people here to use as one of the test country’s I don’t trust Fauci as far as I could throw him. I really believe that the Democrats are in bed with China. I believe it came from the lab, not from a cave in the middle of nowhere. Now we have people coming here that has the monkey pox virus on their skin!

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      • At least those with smallpox vaccination have some immunity to monkey pox, but younger people may not. Part of your first sentence got lost, I think. Can you re-clarify when you have time? I think a lot of what you say gets so absorbed into my mind that I forget that it came from you.

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        • No problem, it’s no big deal. I know where you’re coming from, my brain gets overloaded to the point I get a headache, I get so annoyed with all the crap the Democrats are doing to us! Take care and stay safe 🙏😇🍀

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