Government Scientist Fired After Dropped Spying Charges Petitions for Reinstatement
by FRANCES KAI-HWA WANG
A former scientist for the federal government is fighting to get her job back after the Department of Justice dropped charges alleging that she was spy for the Chinese government.
Xiafen "Sherry" Chen is scheduled to be in court Tuesday and Wednesday, arguing to be reinstated as a hydrologist for the U.S. National Weather Service after being accused of spying for China in 2014.
Sherry Chen (L), a US federal government worker, and Xiaoxing Xi, chair of the Physics Department at Temple University, speak about the dropped charges against them of spying for China, during a press conference in Washington, DC, September 15, 2015. Prosecutors dropped charges of spying for China against Xi last week and against Chen earlier this year. Saul Loebsaul/AFP/Getty Images
After an investigation, the charges against her were dropped in March 2015 — a week before trial — with little explanation. "We are exercising our prosecutorial discretion," a spokesperso... ... 回复
For Chinese American groups concerned about our rights. There was a conference call this morning with Congressional members Judy Chu and Ted Lieu about the racial profile cases against Sherry Chen and Professor Xi. They will have a meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch on 11/18 and a prior press conference on 11/17. While it is not likely to yield any significant immediate result, such as an apology, it is important in putting the Justice Department on notice that someone is keeping an eye on them in the future.
Attending the conference call were the major Chinese American civil rights organizations,
mostly those with experience going back to the Wen Ho Lee case.
These are the key outcome of the call: 1) the meeting with Attorney General on 11/18 as above and the preceding press conference on 11/17. 2) we need to outreach to civil rights establishment outside of Chinese American community. 3) proposed an organized effort to have local educational events for Chinese American scientists (and others) on how to protect themselves. APAPA Bay Area will host such a forum, supported by experts from the Committee of 100, early next year. 4) Ongoing task force to monitor future events. One additional thought I ... 回复