Communist Spy Arrested

(TheProudRepublic.com) – In a shocking case indicating how Communist China has been stealing American trade secrets for decades, a Chinese citizen who worked as a software engineer at Google has been charged with stealing artificial intelligence technologies and supplying them to two Chinese companies.

Linwei Ding is accused of misappropriating AI information to benefit two Chinese entities with which he was covertly affiliated.

Ding was arrested in Newark, California, on charges involving four counts of federal trade-secret theft, as detailed in a twelve-page court filing in the Northern District of California.

Should Ding be found guilty, he faces a potential penalty of up to ten years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for each charge, National Review reports.

“The Justice Department will not tolerate the theft of artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies that could put our national security at risk,” stated U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, according to a statement from the Department of Justice.

“In this case, we allege the defendant stole artificial intelligence-related trade secrets from Google while secretly working for two companies based in China. We will fiercely protect sensitive technologies developed in America from falling into the hands of those who should not have them,” he elaborated.

The legal accusation claims that Ding began the unauthorized transfer of over 500 files containing Google’s AI proprietary information two years prior and continued to intermittently upload files until the previous May while clandestinely associated with AI enterprises located in China.

Ding, who joined Google in 2019, swiftly ascended to the role of chief technology officer shortly after the initial theft in 2022. His responsibilities included trips to China for investor meetings.

By May 2023, Ding had established himself as the founder and CEO of a Chinese start-up with the ambition of developing “large AI models powered by supercomputing chips.”

Ding’s connections with this and another technology firm remained undisclosed to Google.

Ding resigned from Google on December 26, merely three days before it was revealed that he had participated as the CEO of the Chinese start-up at an investor conference in Beijing.

He also orchestrated for another Google employee to scan his identification badge at a company facility, creating the false impression of his presence there, despite being overseas at the time.

“Today’s charges are the latest illustration of the lengths affiliates of companies based in the People’s Republic of China are willing to go to steal American innovation,” FBI Director Christopher Wray remarked.

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