According to the U.S. Department of Justice, a Chinese researcher, Haizhou Hu, linked to the CCP army was captured by U.S. authorities at the airport while waiting for a flight back to China. According to police sources, he was in possession of highly advanced computer code that could be used to develop underwater robots and aircraft engines. The code was allegedly stolen from the University of Virginia where he worked during 2019.
Hu was in the United States and last year conducted research studying biochemistry and fluid dynamics at the University of Virginia. On Aug. 25, 2020, during a routine checkup at Chicago’s Hare International Airport, authorities discovered that Hu was in possession of “bio-inspired research simulation software code,” then found that he was not authorized to possess the code and proceeded to arrest him.
The software code seized by airport security agents is the result of years of research and resources in its development by members of the University of Virginia.
According to an 11-page report filed Friday in a federal court in Virginia, to which Washington Examiner had access, Hu was a researcher in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Virginia and was found to be working at the same time for a Chinese university linked to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) military.
According to agent Matthew Rader, who signed the report, airport authorities searched the suspect’s electronic devices and corroborated the possession of “bio-inspired research simulation software code.” Bio-inspired research relates to the study of the complexities of flying and swimming creatures in nature and their application to manned flight or submersibles, often with military applications.
The controversial code, according to statements by University of Virginia representatives, was 17 years in the making and is currently funded by the U.S. government’s National Science Foundation. It reportedly should not have been in Hu’s hands who had only held a technical position but had no standing in the project.
As reported by the professor in charge of the research, Hu had worked for the professor from March 2019 to August 2019 and left the university abruptly to return to China without saying goodbye.
When interviewed by investigators, the professor “described the core code as the pre-eminent bio-inspired research simulation software in the world” and said its uses include “underwater robotics, submersible vehicles, aircraft engines, and other marine and aerospace applications,” according to the affidavit.
In his statements, the professor said that Hu had requested access to the central code on numerous occasions and that he had always been denied access. The FBI was unable to determine, or at least did not yet report, when Hu stole the valuable information.
Hu’s arrest comes amid allegations by the U.S. government that the CCP is risking national security, information theft, and interference in the upcoming presidential election.
Recently, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, said in a statement to the Washington Examiner, “China poses a greater national security threat to the U.S. than any other nation—economically, militarily, and technologically. That includes threats of election influence and interference.”