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NASA Researcher Pleads Guilty to Concealing China Ties

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NASA Researcher Pleads Guilty to Concealing China Ties

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A senior NASA scientist pleaded guilty on Wednesday to lying about his ties with a Chinese-backed program designed to harvest talents from the West and transfer intellectual property to China, the Justice Department announced on Jan. 13. Meyya Meyyappan, 66, joined NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) in 1996 and has been the chief scientist for exploration technology at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley since 2006. He was charged with one count of making false statements and could face a maximum five-year prison sentence and up to $25,000 fine if convicted, according to a Justice Department press release. The court hearing is scheduled for June 16. Prosecutors said that Meyyappan had participated in China’s state-run Thousand Talents Plan and held positions at universities in China, South Korea, and Japan without NASA’s knowledge. The Thousand Talents program has recruited thousands of experts globally since its inception in 2008, …

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