Yesterday, the FBI revealed to the press that a senior PLA researcher wanted by the US federal law enforcement agency is believed to have been granted refuge at a Chinese consulate in San Francisco. The bombshell report followed other shocking news: that the Trump Administration had ordered a Chinese consulate in Houston - the first PRC mission to be established in the US - to close within 72 hours over allegations that the consulate is - as Marco Rubio said - a den of spies.
Over the past 18 months, the DoJ has arrested several Chinese researchers and charged them with stealing trade secrets or research and transmitting it back to the PRC. Now, with China reportedly preparing to retaliate against the US for closing the Houston consulate, WSJ is reporting that law enforcement is struggling to root out Communist Party members who are hiding in plain sight at universities around the country.
WSJ: FBI probing Chinese researchers suspected of being secret People’s Liberation Army members in over 25 U.S. cities— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) July 23, 2020
PLA members are reportedly working in 25 US cities.
It's no secret that US colleges and researchers have accepted billions of dollars in financing via programs like Beijing's "thousand talents" program. A Harvard professor has been indicted for failing to disclose some of the money.