Chinese “student” studying in US is indicted for actually being a Chinese Army officer
(PLA Lieutenant Ye was charged in federal indictments Tuesday, along Dr. Charles Lieber (pictured in Wuhan in 2011), chairman of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University.)
A Chinese People’s Liberation Army lieutenant spied on the United States while doing “research” on a J-1 visa at a Massachusetts University.
Yanqing Ye, a PLA officer with ties to the Chinese Communist Party, was one of three individuals indicted with aiding China and hiding connections.
Others caught in the indictment include Dr. Charles Lieber, chairman of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University, and Chinese national Zaosong Zheng.
The three indictments -which may or may not be related- are reported to be part of China’s ongoing mission to siphon off of US technological achievements and scientific research.
According to Mass Live, Ye’s handler was a colonel in the PLA and professor at the National University of Defense Technology, a major military academy in China.
When Ye signed her visa documentation, she lied about being discharged from the military.
“Ye falsely identified herself as a ‘student’ and lied about her ongoing military service at the National University of Defense Technology (NUDT), a top military academy directed by the CCP,” the US Attorney’s Office said.
The lieutenant managed to avoid scrutiny as she “studied” in the United States from October 2017 to April 2019, but was eventually caught while at the airport, where she admitted to FBI agents that she was a lieutenant in the PLA and was a member of the CCP.
“Ye acted as an agent for the Chinese government, yet she never notified the Attorney General as required for agents working for a foreign government,” federal records state.
One of Ye’s missions was to research an American professor who focused on computer security, digital forensics and computer software engineering at the US Naval Postgraduate School in California.
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