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Bo Jiang, a contract researcher working on "source code for high technology imaging" at NASA's Langley Research Center, was arrested under a charge of lying to federal officer on March 16, 2013 at Dulles International Airport on his planned one-way journey to return to China. He has been accused of espionage by Representative Frank Wolf, and is under investigation for possible violations of the Arms Export Control Act.[1] An affidavit claimed that on a prior occasion, Jiang had taken a NASA laptop containing sensitive information to China.[2]

On March 28, 2013, a U.S. Judge ordered Jiang released after a federal prosecutor acknowledged there was no evidence that he possessed any sensitive, secret or classified material.[3] Jiang's lawyer says congressman Wolf is making his client a "scapegoat" and the subject of witch hunt.[4]

On May 2, 2013, Bo Jiang was exonerated in federal court of the only felony charge of lying to federal investigators, despite the hype in media that he was a Chinese spy.[5][6]

On October 26, 2015 Congressman John Culberson announced the indictment of two Langley Research Center supervisors, accusing them of complicity in "espionage" in the affair.[7] However no evidence of espionage was ever presented.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Lambidakis, Stephanie (19 March 2013). "Update: NASA researcher arrested on China-bound plane". CBS Interactive Inc.. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57575014/nasa-researcher-arrested-on-china-bound-plane/. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  2. Howard, Jacqueline (18 March 2013). "Bo Jiang, Former NASA Contractor, Arrested By FBI On Plane To China". Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/19/bo-jiang-arrested-nasa-spy-fbi-china_n_2908082.html. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  3. Sizemore, Bill (28 March 2013). "Chinese ex-NASA worker to be released pending trial". Hamptonroads. http://hamptonroads.com/2013/03/chinese-exnasa-worker-be-released-pending-trial. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  4. Dujardin, Peter (21 March 2013). "Attorney: Former NASA contractor subject of 'witch hunt'". Daily Press. http://articles.dailypress.com/2013-03-21/news/dp-nws-nasa-contractor-hearing-20130321_1_jiang-last-week-federal-court-federal-agents. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  5. "NIA STATEMENT ON THE RELEASE OF DR. BO JIANG". 3 May 2013. http://www.nianet.org/press-releases/nia-statement-on-the-release-of-dr-bo-jiang/. Retrieved 10 Nov 2013. 
  6. "Chinese scientist freed after felony case collapses". 3 May 2013. http://hamptonroads.com/2013/05/chinese-scientist-freed-after-felony-case-collapses. Retrieved 10 Nov 2013. 
  7. Culberson, John (29 Oct 2015). "Culberson Reaction to Indictment of NASA Supervisors". SpaceRef. http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=47156. Retrieved 29 Oct 2015. 
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