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J. Reece Roth, a retired professor at the University of Tennessee, was charged Monday of passing military secrets to one of his foreign research assistants.
The professor, who specialized in plasma related research, had gained a contract with the United States Air Force to develop plasma actuators for control of unmanned aircraft and had been working on the project from 2004 to 2006.
Commie sympathizer? More likely he hired the guy because he's intelligent and reliable. Most of the 1.6 Billion people in China have no government ties BTW. He probably just didn't see the harm, and neither did the assistant.
sending a document containing secret military technology information to a person in China, as well as taking with him several documents subject to export control during a lecture trip to the same country in 2006.
Roth had close ties to China, serving as an honorary professor at two Chinese universities and regularly lecturing there.
The information alleges Roth lied about the employ of Dai, claiming only U.S. citizens were involved in the project.
At a brief hearing Tuesday, Sherman indicated he was ignorant of the Arms Export Control Act's requirement that foreign nationals be permitted by the State Department before being allowed to work on any defense contracts involving sensitive weapons information.
However, his plea agreement states Roth told him about the act's requirement
Originally posted by Rasobasi420
Aside from the assistant being Chinese, there's nothing to say that he wasn't worthy of that trust.
Sorry, but after the Los Alamos and other recent chinese spying scandals and chinese attempts to influence the last couple presidential elections, I think simply "being chinese" is enough to at least raise a yellow (sorry) flag from the very beginning in an area where sensitive national security items are involved.
what verification do we have that this even made it to the chinese government
Dr. J. Reece Roth obtained an S. B. in Physics from MIT in 1959, and a Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1963 with a major in Engineering Physics. He joined the NASA Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio in 1963, where he was Principal Investigator of the Lewis Electric Field Bumpy Torus Project until 1978. He is presently Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; an Honorary Professor at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, P.R.C; and an Interim Honorary Professor of the Shenzhen Campus of Tsinghua University, China.
...is an Honorary Professor, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, 1992;
...and Interim HonoraryProfessor of the Shenzhen Campus of Tsinghua University, China, 2006-2008.
Originally posted by centurion1211
Is anything and everything that could possibly be detrimental to the U.S> automatically OK with you? What is your honest answer?
Granted, none of them are politically related contracts
The guy was his research assistant.
But the pursuit of scientific concepts must never be bound by a political border
just because an absent minded professor didn't see his assistant as an enemy of the state
Prosecutors also say Roth traveled to China in May 2006 with multiple documents related to the contract to build the drones, and he is accused of electronic transmission of a military document containing restricted data to a person in China.
I know plenty of Chinese people who probably (with 99.9% certainty) won't go telling their government every little thing that passes their desk. It's not worth their time.