One of the biggest names in science was caught lying about his work in Wuhan and put on trial.
The jury just came back.
And Dr. Fauci doesn’t know what to think after the verdict came in on one big name in science who sold out to China.
It took less than three hours for jurors to convict former Harvard Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department Chairman Dr. Charles Lieber as guilty.
The nanoscience bigshot was wrung up on charges of making false statements to federal authorities and two counts for submitting a false income tax return and failing to tell the Internal Revenue Service about his foreign bank accounts.
Dr. Anthony Fauci repeatedly pushed back against theories COVID started in Wuhan and denied any American involvement for months and months.
So Lieber’s conviction on charges of lying to the feds and that he conveniently “forgot” he had a deal with China to make a cool $50,000 per month, had experts like Dr. Fauci sweating bullets.
In the wake of the conviction, many are wondering if Lieber is just a scapegoat and is the latest example of “cover up by trial” as was widely suspected in the Ghislaine Maxwell trial.
After all, Lieber’s research group at Harvard received more than $15 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense at the same time Lieber was recruited by China’s Thousand Talents Program and received millions in secret payments.
The government charged China paid Lieber $50,000 a month along with up to $158,000 in living expenses to act as a “Strategic Scientist” at Wuhan University of Technology.
China’s government also gave him $1.5 million to run his research lab in Wuhan.
Patrick Hegarty, an investigator involved in the government’s investigation said that Leiber “eroded the trust the DoD has in its researchers to prioritize the United States and its service members over foreign governments, and over personal financial gain.”
One thing’s for sure, Lieber is far from the only taxpayer-funded American academic on China’s payroll.
A special group called the China Inquisition was launched by the Justice Department in 2018 to counter the threat of Chinese economic espionage.
Ironically, it’s turned into a hunt through US higher education institutions that’s grown into a full-blown research integrity scandal.
The China Inquisition has a list of some 7,000 academics who were part of China’s Thousand Talents Program.
We still can’t guess how many millions China has spent paying for US scientists’ secrets, but we do know the Communist government was paying about $653,000 in pay and living expenses just for the US researchers at Lieber’s “Harvard-WUT Nano Key Lab” in Wuhan.
Lieber is only the second academic charged with wrongdoing through the program and the first convicted.
In just one school’s case – Texas A&M – more than 100 faculty members were involved in China-backed programs, but only five disclosed their involvement.
Political Animal News will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.