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Justice Department Charges Harvard Chemist With Lying About Chinese Contacts

The Justice Department has charged an American Harvard University professor and two Chinese nationals, in three different cases related to China. The professor, Dr. Charles Lieber, is alleged to have misrepresented his participation in a Chinese government-run research program to representatives from the Department of Defense and the National Institute of Health. One of the others charged, Yangqing Ye, is alleged to have "mask[ed]" her status in the People's Liberation Army in applications for a visa that allowed her to research and study at Boston University.


DOJ Charges American Citizen with Acting as an Illegal Agent of China

The Department of Justice unsealed a criminal complaint against Xuehua "Edward" Peng for acting as an illegal foreign agent. The complaint alleges that Peng handed over U.S. national security information to officials from China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS). Extensive details of the FBI's counterintelligence investigation against Peng are also included in the complaint, which can be read here.


Document: Indictment of Former Air Force Intelligence Officer Monica Witt

On Wednesday, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia unsealed a seven-count indicment charging former Air Force counterintelligence specialist Monica Witt and four Iranian co-defendants under the Espionage Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The indictment is posted in full below.

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