July 27, 2021 § Leave a comment
But court documents and courtroom testimony showed that prosecutors brought fraud charges only after nearly two years of surveilling Hu and failing to find evidence that he was involved in a more serious crime related to spying or technology transfer. Hu had been upfront about his ties to a university in Beijing and followed University of Tennessee administrators’ advice when preparing documents for the grant. The fraud charges struck Chandler as flimsy.
She came away believing that the lead FBI agent in the case had pursued the investigation out of ambition rather than an interest in justice. She also believed that when faced with questions from federal agents, the administrators who had advised Hu on his grant applications caved and hastily sacrificed their employee. “This poor man just got sold down the river by his university and everyone else,” Chandler said.