The Blaze is reporting that a scientist who has been with NASA since 1996 has pleaded guilty to lying about his ties to Communist China’s Thousand Talents Program.
The Blaze explains:
Prosecutors say the NASA scientist was part of a program by the Chinese government to recruit individuals with access to intellectual property.
Meyya Meyyappan of Pacifica, California, pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements in a New York federal court on Wednesday. Meyyappan, 66, entered his plea before U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel in Manhattan federal court, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday.
In October, Meyyappan was interviewed by the FBI, the NASA Office of Inspector General, and the United States Attorney’s Office.
“During that interview, Meyyappan falsely stated, among other things, that he was not a member of the Thousand Talents Program and that he did not hold a professorship at a Chinese university,” the DOJ press release stated. “In truth and in fact, Meyyappan was a member of the Thousand Talents Program and held a professorship at a Chinese university, funded by the Chinese government.”
According to the US Department of Justice, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) uses the Thousand Talents Program to provide research grants to scientists in order to gain access to research they have done for other companies and government agencies. As a result, researchers in the US must disclose if they are receiving funding from the CCP before they can receive research grants from the US government.
This is not the first time we have heard of such allegations:
READ: American universities are a soft target for China’s spies, say U.S. intelligence officials: University of Texas professor Bo Mao is the latest defendant in a string of U.S. criminal cases alleging Chinese spying in the academic world.
READ: University Of Virginia Researcher Charged After Trying To Board Flight To China While Allegedly In Possession Of Stolen Research AND US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE: University of Virginia Researcher Charged with Theft of Trade Secrets and Computer Intrusion
And Australia is running into the same problem: READ: China: their infiltration is more than astounding!