Alleged Chinese Spy Arrested In Los Angeles Airport
ALLEGED CHINESE SPY – A Chinese national who is rumored to be a spy was recently arrested in LA Airport on Thursday, June 11.
The Chinese, identified as Xin Wang, a scientific researcher, was nabbed as he was about to leave the United States, according to Rappler.
Wang was taken unto custody on Sunday, June 7, as he prepared a flight to Tianjin, China. This was a joint statement from the US Attorney’s Office in San Francisco and the local FBi office.
Wang entered the country on March 2019 and posed as a medical researcher seeking to do scientific research at the University of California, San Francisco..
It turns out that upon being asked by Customs and Border Patrol agents, Wang admitted that he was an officer in the Chinese People’s Liberation Army and was employed by a military university lab.
He told CBP Agents that he was ordered by the superiors in China to observe the layout of the UCSF lab and bring back information on how to replicate it in China.
“CBP received information that Wang had studies from UCSF with him which he was taking to share with his PLA colleagues, and he had sent research to his lab in China via email,”
“Wang similarly told his supervising UCSF professor that he had duplicated some of the work of that professor at the lab in China,”
Based on the report, some of the work of the UCSF lab was funded by grants from the US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The suspects also wiped his personal phone of WeChat messaging content before arriving at the airport for his flight back home.
He has been charged with visa fraud and will face 10 years in jail with a fine of $250,000 if convicted.
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