U.S. National Security Scientists Were Recruited By China

(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- According to a report released Wednesday, China bribed experts up to $1 million to leave the U.S.’s top nuclear lab and create weapons for China.

The report from Strider Technologies exposes Beijing’s campaign to embed 162 Chinese scientists in sensitive U.S.-funded research at Los Alamos National Laboratories during the last three decades. At least 13 experts returned to China through covert “talent programs” to improve Chinese study in deep-earth-penetrating warheads, hypersonic missiles, quiet submarines, and drone technology.

Additionally, FBI Director Christopher Wray reaffirmed the agency’s dedication to containing the threat presented by the Chinese government and stated that the FBI is trying to bring this concern to American citizens and our country’s allies abroad.

At least one Chinese scientist has a “Q Clearance,” allowing access to top-secret U.S. national security information.

The Department of Energy is committed to protecting the private research that “underpins U.S. technology leadership,” a spokesperson said.

Los Alamos or any identifiable persons were not accused of unlawful behavior. In 2020, a former Los Alamos employee confessed to misrepresenting his participation in China’s Thousand Talents Program.

The Justice Department called it a “Chinese program to recruit people with access to foreign technology and IP.”

According to a 2019 bipartisan Senate study, China uses talent programs to steal formulas, techniques, and other inventions for Chinese labs. According to a Senate report, more Chinese students, researchers, and scientists have returned home in the past decade.

Strider said China’s recruitment activities reflect its talent strategy and exploitation of Western commitments to global scientific collaboration.

In July, FBI Director Christopher Wray and the U.K.’s intelligence head classified China as the two countries’ most significant national security concern. They warned of Chinese attempts to steal data and technology from U.K. and U.S. inventors and disrupt economies.

U.S. officials told CBS News they hadn’t seen a public, unclassified report on “talent programs.”

The Chinese Embassy in the U.S. and Los Alamos Labs didn’t immediately comment.