Professor Faces Wuhan Charges
In a stunning twist to the Wuhan saga, the chairman of the chemistry department at Harvard University, Charles Lieber, was arrested Tuesday on charges that he has been providing research secrets to the Chinese. The Chinese paid Lieber as much as $50,000 monthly in exchange for his research findings. Simultaneously, he was working under grants from the US Department of Defense and National Institute of Health. In other words, he was paid by two different governments for the same secrets.
Under China’s Thousand Talents Program, he was paid $50,000 a month by the Wuhan University of Technology in China and living expenses up to $158,000. He also was awarded more than $1.5 million to establish a research lab at the Chinese university, prosecutors said.
What were the secrets? Virus-sized transistors with nano antennas that could be used for bioweapons purposes. We await his trial to see exactly what he might have contributed toward the development of the coronavirus.
Said Zero Hedge, in a report on the arrest, “Though the official charge was lying to investigators, Lieber’s actions look like an unvarnished attempt at espionage, complete with an extremely seductive monetary reward.”
He was arrested via an unsealed indictment along with two Chinese nationals: One is a Boston University researcher who was once a lieutenant in the People’s Liberation Army, according to prosecutors, and the second was a cancer researcher who allegedly tried to smuggle 21 vials of biological materials in his sock.ARVE Error: need id and provider
Here, Dr. Paul Cottrell discusses the issue of Coronavirus and Chinese espionage, touching upon the Thousand Talents Program and Charles Lieber, as well as another case in Canada. Cottrell received his BS and MBA from Wayne State University, Ph.D. from Walden University and pre-medical curriculum from Fordham University. He is currently at Harvard University for an ALM in Biology.ARVE Error: need id and provider