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Harvard University Professor and Two Chinese Nationals Charged in Three Separate China Related Cases

The Department of Justice announced today that the Chair of Harvard University’s Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department and two Chinese nationals have been charged in connection with aiding the People’s Republic of China.

Dr. Charles Lieber, 60, Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University, was arrested this morning and charged by criminal complaint with one count of making a materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statement.

Lieber will appear this afternoon before Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler in federal court in Boston, Massachusetts.

Yanqing Ye, 29, a Chinese national, was charged in an indictment today with one count each of visa fraud, making false statements, acting as an agent of a foreign government and conspiracy. Ye is currently in China.

Zaosong Zheng, 30, a Chinese national, was arrested on Dec. 10, 2019, at Boston’s Logan International Airport and charged by criminal complaint with attempting to smuggle 21 vials of biological research to China. On Jan. 21, 2020, Zheng was indicted on one count of smuggling goods from the United States and one count of making false, fictitious or fraudulent statements. He has been detained since Dec. 30, 2019.
Dr. Charles Lieber

According to court documents, since 2008, Dr. Lieber who has served as the Principal Investigator of the Lieber Research Group at Harvard University, which specialized in the area of nanoscience, has received more than $15,000,000 in grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Department of Defense (DOD). These grants require the disclosure of significant foreign financial conflicts of interest, including financial support from foreign governments or foreign entities.

Unbeknownst to Harvard University beginning in 2011, Lieber became a “Strategic Scientist” at Wuhan University of Technology (WUT) in China and was a contractual participant in China’s Thousand Talents Plan from in or about 2012 to 2017. China’s Thousand Talents Plan is one of the most prominent Chinese Talent recruit plans that are designed to attract, recruit, and cultivate high-level scientific talent in furtherance of China’s scientific development, economic prosperity and national security. These talent programs seek to lure Chinese overseas talent and foreign experts to bring their knowledge and experience to China and reward individuals for stealing proprietary information. Under the terms of Lieber’s three-year Thousand Talents contract, WUT paid Lieber $50,000 USD per month, living expenses of up to 1,000,000 Chinese Yuan (approximately $158,000 USD at the time) and awarded him more than $1.5 million to establish a research lab at WUT. In return, Lieber was obligated to work for WUT “not less than nine months a year” by “declaring international cooperation projects, cultivating young teachers and Ph.D. students, organizing international conference[s], applying for patents and publishing articles in the name of” WUT.

The complaint alleges that in 2018 and 2019, Lieber lied about his involvement in the Thousand Talents Plan and affiliation with WUT. On or about, April 24, 2018, during an interview with investigators, Lieber stated that he was never asked to participate in the Thousand Talents Program, but he “wasn’t sure” how China categorized him.

In November 2018, NIH inquired of Harvard whether Lieber had failed to disclose his then-suspected relationship with WUT and China’s Thousand Talents Plan. Lieber caused Harvard to falsely tell NIH that Lieber “had no formal association with WUT” after 2012, that “WUT continued to falsely exaggerate” his involvement with WUT in subsequent years, and that Lieber “is not and has never been a participant in” China’s Thousand Talents Plan.

Yanqing Ye
According to the indictment,Ye is a Lieutenant of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the armed forces of the People’s Republic of China and member of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). On her J-1 visa application, 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. It is further alleged that while studying at Boston University’s (BU) Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering from October 2017 to April 2019, Ye continued to work as a PLA Lieutenant completing numerous assignments from PLA officers such as conducting research, assessing U.S. military websites and sending U.S. documents and information to China.
According to court documents, on April 20, 2019, federal officers interviewed Ye at Boston’s Logan International Airport. During the interview, it is alleged that Ye falsely claimed that she had minimal contact with two NUDT professors who were high-ranking PLA officers. However, a search of Ye’s electronic devices demonstrated that at the direction of one NUDT professor, who was a PLA Colonel, Ye had accessed U.S. military websites, researched U.S. military projects and compiled information for the PLA on two U.S. scientists with expertise in robotics and computer science.

Furthermore, a review of a WeChat conversation revealed that Ye and the other PLA official from NUDT were collaborating on a research paper about a risk assessment model designed to decipher data for military applications. During the interview, Ye admitted that she held the rank of Lieutenant in the PLA and admitted she was a member of the CCP.
Zaosong Zheng
In August 2018, Zheng entered the United States on a J-1 visa and conducted cancer-cell research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston from Sept. 4, 2018, to Dec. 9, 2019. It is alleged that on Dec. 9, 2019, Zheng stole 21 vials of biological research and attempted to smuggle them out of the United States aboard a flight destined for China.

Federal officers at Logan Airport discovered the vials hidden in a sock inside one of Zheng’s bags, and not properly packaged. It is alleged that initially, Zheng lied to officers about the contents of his luggage, but later admitted he had stolen the vials from a lab at Beth Israel. Zheng stated that he intended to bring the vials to China to use them to conduct research in his own laboratory and publish the results under his own name.
The charge of making false, fictitious and fraudulent statements provides for a sentence of up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. The charge of visa fraud provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. The charge of acting as an agent of a foreign government provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. The charge of conspiracy provides for a sentence of up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. The charge of smuggling goods from the United States provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000.

Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Field Division Joseph R. Bonavolonta; Michael Denning, Director of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Boston Field Office; Leigh-Alistair Barzey, Special Agent in Charge of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, Northeast Field Office; Philip Coyne, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General; and William Higgins, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Export Enforcement, Boston Field Office made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorneys B. Stephanie Siegmann, Jason Casey and Benjamin Tolkoff of Lelling’s National Security Unit are prosecuting these cases with the assistance of trial attorneys William Mackie and David Aaron at the National Security Division’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section.
The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
These case are part of the Department of Justice’s China Initiative, which reflects the strategic priority of countering Chinese national security threats and reinforces the President’s overall national security strategy.

In addition to identifying and prosecuting those engaged in trade secret theft, hacking and economic espionage, the initiative will increase efforts to protect our critical infrastructure against external threats including foreign direct investment, supply chain threats and the foreign agents seeking to influence the American public and policymakers without proper registration.

Source: Justice.gov


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Vincerai, ti rialzerai e sarai più forte di prima, Italia !

🔴 Casi confermati di SARSCoV2/Covid19 in Italia.

🔴 Riepilogo del 16/3 su COVID19:

Forza, Italia!

1) 169.387 casi, 6.513 decessi, 77.257 guarigioni

2) 83.011 casi nel mondo (esclusa la Cina)

3) Italia 24.747
3.1) Iran 13.938
3.2) Corea del Sud 8.236
3.3) Spagna 7.988
3.4) Germania 5.813
3.5) Francia 5.423
3.6) USA 3.782
3.7) Svizzera 2.217
3.8) UK 1.391
3.9) Norvegia 1.256
3.10) Olanda 1.135
3.11) Svezia 1.040

4) Ieri è iniziata la sperimentazione di un vaccino contro il virus SarsCoV2, negli USA

5) Gli USA annunciano (e mettono subito in atto) misure economiche straordinarie: QE e taglio dei tassi di interesse

Source: geopoliticalcenter.it

🔴 Distribuzione geografica dei casi di COVID19 al 15/03/2020

🔴 Coronavirus: Aggiornamento 15 marzo, ore 18: 24.747 casi
11.335 pazienti in ospedale, di cui 1.672 in terapia intensiva
1.809 decessi: tasso grezzo di letalità 7,3%
Grafico sovrastima gravità COVID19 perchè tamponi eseguiti soprattutto a casi sintomatici.

🔴 CONTAINMENT vs NO CONTAINMENT: Take a guess which region in Italy implemented early containment measures and which did not? This within Italy province analysis is the best to comparison given countries are harder to compare.

🔴 Really, closing down pubs and restaurants is the answer?

🔴 Washington: Oggi prima dose del vaccino sperimentale contro il coronavirus. Siamo comunque, nello scenario migliore, ad alcuni mesi da un vaccino per le masse.

🔴 Eric Feng-Ding/Epidemiologist: LOCKDOWN STARTING TO WORK? Look at how the exponential line (Y-axis is log) is now ➡️ bending towards sub-exponential once lockdown goes into place. Contact ☎️ your local leaders and tell them lockdowns and containment measures can help stop the epidemic!

🔴 Official new China coronavirus cases today: 16 new infections including 4 in Wuhan + 12 from overseas arrivals (Beijing 4; Guangdong 4; Shanghai 2; Yunnan 1; Gansu 1). So a/c to these figures (usual caveats) only 4 extra home-grown infections across China all in 1 city.

🔴 Nel frattempo qualche buontempone si è divertito ad hackerare il sito di worldometers.info…
Città del Vaticano infestata!

🔴 Il capo della Protezione civile può requisire in uso o in proprietà’, da ogni soggetto pubblico o privato, “presidi sanitari e medico-chirurgici, nonché beni mobili di qualsiasi genere”. Lo prevede l’ultima bozza di decreto.

🔴 Il prefetto può requisire strutture alberghiere, ovvero altri immobili idonei, per ospitarvi le persone in sorveglianza sanitaria e isolamento fiduciario o in permanenza domiciliare. E’ una misura confermata nell’ultima bozznon ci sono solo imbecilli che spediscono foto false, ma anche sciacalli che tentano di truffarvi sfruttando il vostro buon cuore.

🔴 QUESTA E’ UNA TRUFFA già denunciata dal San Raffaele Milano alla polizia postale, non cascateci!

🔴 Il governo tedesco ha disposto, a partire da oggi, la chiusura delle proprie frontiere con Austria, Francia e Svizzera. Sarà garantito il transito di merci.

🔴 Con il flashmob Italia Patria Nostra, l’Italia 🇮🇹 si accende per dimostrare al mondo che è viva e non si arrende!
Anche l’Aeronautica Militare si unisce a luminarie, lampadine e torce dei cellulari di tutta Italia riproponendo questo scatto che ritrae un Eurofighter – velivolo che, anche in questi giorni in cui tutto sembra essersi fermato, è pronto al decollo per difendere i nostri cieli – illuminato dal tricolore!

🔴 “Il virus è molto labile. L’importante è che la superficie sia pulita, perché il virus dentro lo sporco riesce a resistere per più tempo.” – Roberto Burioni

🔴 Sono arrivati i medici cubani in aiuto contro l’emergenza coronavirus.

🔴 Sono 13 i nuovi decessi in Piemonte di persone positive al coronavirus. Dall’inizio dell’emergenza i morti diventano così 94. Lo rende noto l’Unità di Crisi regionale.

🔴 Il governo irlandese ha chiesto ai pub del Paese di chiudere a partire da stasera per almeno due settimane e sconsiglia “fermamente” la popolazione di organizzare feste a domicilio. …non vorrei essere il premier Irlandese…

🔴 “Non si può escludere ma è altamente improbabile” portare in casa il coronavirus attraverso gli oggetti, ovvero attraverso gli acquisti fatti nei negozi, al supermercato. Lo ha chiarito il professor Silvio Brusaferro, presidente dell’istituto superiore di sanità.

🔴 La polizia spagnola ha iniziato a utilizzare i droni per il controllo delle restrizioni ai movimenti nell’ambito del contrasto al coronavirus. Lo scrive la Bbc online. Da ieri il governo ha varato regole stringenti che chiedono ai 47 milioni di spagnoli di restare in casa.

🔴 L’ultimo bilancio in Francia sulla pandemia di coronavirus è di 5.400 casi accertati e 120 morti. Lo riferisce il ministro della Sanità.

🔴 In Lombardia sono arrivati 90 ventilatori da parte della Protezione civile nazionale, e novanta sono stati messi a disposizione da reparti diversi dalle terapie intensive. E’ quanto spiega l’assessore al Welfare, Giulio Gallera, in videocollegamento.

🔴 “I positivi sono 13.272, più 1.587, i ricoverati in ospedale sono 4.898, più 602 rispetto a ieri, c’è una crescita costante ma non esponenziale”: lo ha detto l’assessore al Welfare di Regione Lombardia Giulio Gallera.

🔴 Sono 24.747 i casi positivi di coronavirus finora registrati in Italia, comprensivi quindi di vittime e guariti. Lo ha detto il capo della Protezione civile Angelo Borrelli nel briefing pomeridiano che fa il punto sulla situazione.

🔴 “Il virus ha una sopravvivenza che può variare da alcune ore a alcuni giorni. Ma è molto sensibile a disinfettanti. La migliore prevenzione alla trasmissione attraverso superfici è lavarsi le mani di frequente”. Così Silvio Brusaferro, presidente dell’Iss.

🔴 Sale a 1.373 il numero di contagi da coronavirus in Gran Bretagna mentre i decessi sono 35. Lo ha reso noto il ministero della sanità britannico sottolineando che nell’ultimo giorno si e’ registrato un aumento di un centinaio di infettati e 14 decessi in più.

🔴 In Emilia Romagna salgono complessivamente 3.093 i casi di positività al coronavirus, 449 in più rispetto all’aggiornamento di ieri. I decessi aumentano di 43 passando a 284. Lo comunica la Regione in una nota.

🔴 Superati i 3.000 casi di pazienti affetti da coronavirus negli Stati Uniti, oltre mille in più in meno di 24 ore. Il bilancio delle vittime sale ad almeno 61 persone. E’ quanto emerge dai dati delle autorità sanitarie federali e statali.

🔴 ER doctor is in his 40s! “emergency room doctor at Evergreen Health in Kirkland WA is in critical condition with COVID19. The hospital at the center of the coronavirus outbreak in King County confirmed.“ ➡️ young doc in ICU doesn’t bode well for future.

The problem with healthcare workers is that they are being exposed all day everyday and working themselves to death in enclosed spaces that are full of germs and sick people! Statistically they have the highest risk.

🔴 România intră de azi în stare de urgență din cauza coronavirusului.

🔴 Coronavirus România: Medicii spun că își riscă viețile: În spitale nu sunt suficiente echipamente de protecție.

🔴 Lăsând la o parte prostia cu declararea de vineri a stării de urgență începând de luni, cred că televiziunile ar putea să arate că sunt mai responsabile decât unele autorități. Cum? Simplu. Eliminând din limbajul prezentatorilor și al reporterilor, dar și de pe burtiere – măcar zilele astea – formulări precum: virusul UCIGAȘ, decizii CRUCIALE ale autorităților, apel DISPERAT al ISU și așa mai departe. Oamenii se uită oricum la TV și sunt speriați, aveți deja atenția lor, nu mai e nevoie să amplificați starea de panică, prin discurs și prin montajele care provoaca emoții puternice.
Hai, să fim responsabili acum, ajută! Ne întoarcem la mizerii după ce scăpăm de necazul ăsta, da?
Să vă fie bine, oameni! Stați în casă! – Dragoş Părtraru

🔴 Încep să cred că suntem cu adevărat, Grădina Maicii Domnului. Singura țară din lume în care evoluția virusului e atipică, în care numărul de cazuri nu crește, fără decese. Chiar suntem binecuvântați…


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