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即時發佈  2020年8月28日 星期五

Chinese National Charged with Destroying Hard Drive During FBI Investigation into the Possible Transfer of Sensitive Software to China


A Chinese national and researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles has been arrested on federal charges of destroying evidence to obstruct an FBI investigation after he was observed throwing a damaged hard drive into a dumpster outside his apartment, the Justice Department announced today.


Guan Lei, 29, of Alhambra, was arrested pursuant to a one-count criminal complaint unsealed this afternoon during his initial appearance in United States District Court.


The criminal complaint alleges that Guan, who was in the U.S. on a J-1 non-immigrant visa, threw a damaged hard drive into a trash dumpster near his residence on July 25.  The FBI recovered the damaged hard drive after Guan was not allowed to board a flight to China and after Guan refused the FBI’s request to examine his computer.  The affidavit in support of the complaint notes that the internal hard drive “was irreparably damaged and that all previous data associated with the hard drive appears to have been removed deliberately and by force.”


According to the complaint, Guan is being investigated for possibly transferring sensitive U.S. software or technical data to China’s National University of Defense Technology (NUDT) and falsely denying his association with the Chinese military – the People’s Liberation Army – in connection with his 2018 visa application and in interviews with federal law enforcement. Guan later admitted that he had participated in military training and wore military uniforms while at NUDT.  One of Guan’s NUDT faculty advisors in China was also a lieutenant general in the PLA who developed computers used by the PLA General Staff Department, the PLA General Armament Department, Air Force, military weather forecasts, and nuclear technology. NUDT is “suspected of procuring U.S.-origin items to develop supercomputers with nuclear explosive applications “and has been placed on the Department of Commerce’s Entity List for nuclear nonproliferation reasons, according to the affidavit.

起訴書稱,關某因可能將美國敏感軟體或技術資料轉移到中國國防科技大學(NUDT),並在2018年的簽證申請和接受聯邦執法部門問詢時,拒不承認自己與中國軍隊–中國人民解放軍的關係而受到調查。關某後來承認,他在中國國防科技大學(NUDT)期間參加了軍事訓練,並穿著軍裝。關某在中國國防科技大學(NUDT)的教員顧問之一,也是解放軍的一名中將,他曾為解放軍總參謀部、解放軍總裝備部、空軍、軍事天氣預報和核技術開發計算器。根據宣誓書,中國國防科技大學(NUDT) “涉嫌採購源自美國的物品,以開發具有核爆炸應用的超級計算器”,並因核不擴散原因被列入商務部的實體名單。

In addition to destroying the hard drive, the complaint alleges that Guan concealed digital storage devices from investigators and falsely told federal officials that he had not had any contact with the Chinese consulate during his nearly two-year stay in the U.S.


During his initial appearance this afternoon, Guan was ordered detained by a United States Magistrate Judge, who scheduled an arraignment for Sept. 17, 2020.


A criminal complaint contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


The felony offense of destruction of evidence carries a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison.


This case is being investigated by the FBI, Homeland Security Investigations, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service has provided substantial assistance during the investigation.


This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Will Rollins and George Pence of the Terrorism and Export Crimes Section.



翻譯:【班仔】 校對:【小粉紅】 編輯:【GM31】


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"For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed." [John 3:20] 8月 29日, 2020