And that seems to be the end of the allegation. I'm wondering, "And then what?"
Were the experts bribed or blackmailed? It seems like quite a stretch to be charged with such a serious crime for convincing experts to give a lecture.
> Were the experts bribed or blackmailed? It seems like quite a stretch to be charged with such a serious crime for convincing experts to give a lecture.
The actual indictment is more detailed: https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1099876/downl...
He's charged with conspiracy, and page 5/6 of the indictment makes me suspect the government gained some access to the conspiracy's internal communications that revealed it as such. It's still a crime to conspire with others to commit a crime, even if the plans you form are never acted upon or carried out successfully.
Edit: Further down in the indictment on pages 10-12, it looks like the accused Chinese intelligence officer convinced an employee of the company to send parts of a confidential presentation and directory listings from his work computer. The employee was later asked to download the files to an external hard disk and carry them to Europe so the intelligence officer could inspect them. It sounds like the employee was cooperating with the government and they arrested the suspect when he was expecting to get the hard disk with the files.
From the PR it’s not even clear that an expert was knowingly involved in the plot.
Besides, the filing only says that this Chinese person allegedly tried to convince the expert to commit a crime, hell it even seems likely that this expert is the one that called the FBI to intervene.
Frankly, I think they should not even publicly imply this person did anything until they have a conviction, and after that only of the things that the person was actually convicted of.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out. I wonder if "Employee 1" is a Chinese national and was under some pressure, or if there was a big payout on offer that isn't mentioned. Otherwise I can't understand why anyone would betray their employer for a few grand of travel expenses.
You should read it like it is SCO's legal description of the damage inflicted by IBM's Linux on SCO. Because that's exactly what it is.
>conspiring and attempting to commit economic espionage and steal trade secrets from multiple U.S. aviation and aerospace companies.
What you are quoting is part of how he went about it.