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Professor Arrested Attempting to Flee the U.S. With Computers and USB Drives

Professor Arrested Attempting to Flee the U.S. With Computers and USB Drives

“Zheng was arrested in May, but the indictment was only unsealed by the Justice Department on Thursday.”

This is pretty serious. The professor was arrested in Alaska where he was allegedly planning to fly to China.

Campus Reform reports:

Professor arrested during alleged attempt to flee US with computers, phones, USB drives

Another U.S. professor “with strong ties to China” has been arrested and charged with allegedly lying about his ties to the communist country.

Song Guo Zheng, who the Justice Department described as a “rheumatology professor and researcher,” allegedly used more than $4.1 million in federal research funding to help advance China’s capabilities with regard to rheumatology and immunology. The Justice Department alleges he then failed to disclose to the U.S. government that he held employment in China while conducting U.S. taxpayer-funded research as a researcher at multiple universities in the U.S., including Ohio State University.

A Google Scholars profile with the same name includes projects involving immunology research and lists several past employers, including the University of Southern California, Penn State University, and Ohio State University.

Zheng was arrested in May, but the indictment was only unsealed by the Justice Department on Thursday.

According to the government’s announcement, Zheng was arrested in Alaska just after deplaning a chartered flight that had landed in Anchorage. Zheng was allegedly getting ready to board another chartered flight to China carrying “three large bags, one small suitcase and a briefcase containing two laptops, three cellular telephones, several USB drives, several silver bars, expired Chinese passports for his family, deeds for property in China, and other items.”

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The article implies that there was something nefarious about his possession of the computers and USB drives. But in itself there’s nothing obviously illegal about that: lots of people own these things and take them along when they travel.

Did they find stolen research on the drives? If so, why doesn’t the report say that? Where’s the crime here?

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to CorkyAgain. | July 12, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    You answered your own question.

    ConradCA in reply to CorkyAgain. | July 12, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    The immediate crime was his failure to tell the government that he was an employee of Communist China. His digital storage no doubt contain information that belongs to the federal government and universities who he worked for.

    Edward in reply to CorkyAgain. | July 13, 2020 at 9:05 am

    Here’s a thought – indictments are public documents, why don’t you do a search for the indictment to find out what the government claims he did or failed to do in accordance with statute.

expired Chinese passports for his family, deeds for property in China

That’s the crime. This nefarious fiend is a hoarder.

    ConradCA in reply to tom_swift. | July 12, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    It’s more than likely that he was going to help China develop the next coronavirus that they would let loose on the world and USA.

    China chose to let the virus spread outside of China by keeping the airliners flying from Wuhan province to outside China when they protected China by closing Wuhan’s borders to Cima.

Apparently, when applying for govt research grants in the US, you’re supposed to disclose your current employment. Or so I would infer from the article.

Studying immunology on the US govt dime is not quite the same as straight-up studying biowarfare, but it’s certainly related.

It’s past time to prevent Chinese students and professors from attending our colleges.

Many US universities depend on foreign tuition to keep their doors open.
That said, the Chinese do have a history of copyright and technology theft,
As well as directing their students attending (and teachers employed at)
US universities to “bring home the bacon”, as it were.

Having the US fund original research in immunology FOR the Chinese is pretty bold, though.

If the universities are need our enemies to attend then they should close their doors.

    BobM in reply to ConradCA. | July 13, 2020 at 3:51 am

    Import our foreign enemies, manufacture our domestic enemies, meh, it’s a win-win either way for the current university anti-American (cult)ure.

All Red Chinese nationals in the country should be deported–including so-called students. All visas for Red Chinese national including student visa should be cancelled and no new ones issued.

Expansionist China is clearly a military, economic, and health threat to the world. But it’s reckoning time for the Chinese communist dictatorship. Washington should exert diplomatic, economic, and military pressure on Beijing that will put China’s dictator Xi Jingping, and the evil and corrupt CCP under enormous strain.
China owns approximately $1.07 trillion in U.S. Treasury bonds, according to the Treasury Department. The United States government should seize the Chinese treasury obligations that Beijing holds in their name, and inform the CCP that this is a down payment for the death of tens of thousands of American citizens and the economic devastation Beijing has unleashed on the U.S. economy
The nefarious CCP pumps over $150 million into its Confucius Institute propaganda of over 100 high school, college, and university campuses in the U.S. All should be shut down, and all Chinese “teachers” and students deported. America must end China’s unfettered access to our research centers and universities.
Seize all CCP property in the United States and selling it as reparations for the damage they have caused to our economy, including companies, real estate, bank accounts, aircraft, ocean-going vessels, and all other CCP assets in the USA.
The U.S. federal government should pay U.S. manufactures to leave China and return to the USA. It’s time to bring U.S. manufacturing back home. Americans want to buy high-quality “Made in the USA” products.

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