Biden Administration’s Justice Department dropped cases against five visiting researchers accused of hiding their affiliations with China’s military;
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A Justice Department spokesman says, ‘We have determined that it is now in the interest of justice to dismiss them.’
- One of the visiting scientists, Tang Juan, had been scheduled to go to trial on Monday. Court papers filed in her case earlier this week show some Federal Bureau of Investigation analysts casting doubt on the value of the cases.
- Judges had dismissed parts of the cases against Ms. Tang and another researcher in recent weeks after finding that FBI agents hadn’t properly informed them of their rights against self-incrimination when interviewing them.
- The academics had been arrested last July in an FBI sweep that began after another researcher, Wang Xin, acknowledged to law enforcement as he tried to leave the U.S.—that he had lied about his military service on his visa application to boost his chances of gaining admission to the U.S., and had been tasked with bringing back some information by a supervisor.