When DOJ's China Initiative Entangles US Research Orgs

By Christopher Nasson, David Peet and Christopher Warner (March 11, 2020, 6:02 PM EDT) -- In January, another decorated academic from a prestigious American research institution found himself in the crosshairs of a criminal inquiry stemming from alleged undisclosed affiliations with Chinese institutions. On Jan. 28, federal agents arrested Professor Charles Lieber, chair of Harvard University's chemistry and chemical biology department, and charged him with making false statements to federal grant-making agencies.[1]

Lieber is neither the first academic to face criminal charges nor is he likely to be the last[2] given the U.S. Department of Justice's intense focus on nontraditional collectors — researchers in labs, universities and the defense industrial base — at American research institutions and...

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