The Case of Sherry Chen: Falsely Accused by the Government

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Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

主流媒体的跟踪报道和质疑
Nbc News:Was Race A Factor in Sherry Chen's Espionage Case?

It is hardly surprising that the Justice Department has given priority to prosecuting espionage cases involving China.

But these concerns cannot justify prosecutions driven by supposition rather than solid evidence. The charges filed against Mr. Xi and Ms. Chen traumatized them and their families and needlessly damaged their professional reputations. Nether got an explanation or an apology from the government. They deserve both.

Washington Post:Falsely accused of spying, Weather Service employee's life turned upside down
"Government officials say they intend to fire a Chinese-American hydrologist who was prosecuted but eventually cleared of espionage-related charges."
New York Times:The Rush to Find China’s Moles
"The critical dam infrastructure information that she had supposedly sent to high-level Chinese officials (her former classmate) were links to this publicly-accessible website, among others. She also shared with her classmate the contact information for a colleague that Chen thought might be more helpful. That same colleague then reported Chen's activities to the Department of Commerce security staff. It all went downhill from there."
New York Times:Chinese-American Cleared of Spying Charges Now Faces Firing
"The critical dam infrastructure information that she had supposedly sent to high-level Chinese officials (her former classmate) were links to this publicly-accessible website, among others. She also shared with her classmate the contact information for a colleague that Chen thought might be more helpful. That same colleague then reported Chen's activities to the Department of Commerce security staff. It all went downhill from there."
New York Times:Accused of Spying for China, Until She Wasn't
"They came across a person of Chinese descent and a little bit of evidence that they may have been trying to benefit the Chinese government, but it's clear there was a little bit of Red Scare and racism involved," said Peter J. Toren, a former federal prosecutor who specialized in computer crimes and industrial espionage.
侨报网:华裔科学家接连被错控,多方对司法部“发声”
"US Congressional leaders and Asian Americans and Pacific Islander (AAPI) advocacy organizations including Committee of 100 and OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates have called for a US Department of Justice investigation into whether National Weather Service hydrologist Sherry Chen may have been targeted for her race and national origin in now-dropped charges of alleged economic espionage."
国会议员和美国平权委员会的质询信件:
Congresspersons submit Letter calling for a Full Investigation by the Department of Justice
On November 5, 2015, a joint letter signed by forty two members of congress was sent to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, calling for a full investigation by the Department of Justice into the cases of Xiaoxing Xi, Sherry Chen, and other similar cases regarding whether race or ethnicity played a role, and why it appears that there is a pattern and practice of minorities being singled out for arrest and indictment by federal officials.
CAPAC Holds a Meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch
On November 5, 2015, a joint letter signed by forty two members of congress was sent to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, calling for a full investigation by the Department of Justice into the cases of Xiaoxing Xi, Sherry Chen, and other similar cases regarding whether race or ethnicity played a role, and why it appears that there is a pattern and practice of minorities being singled out for arrest and indictment by federal officials.
Congresswoman Judy Chu questions FBI Director on Investigations into Chinese Americans
On November 5, 2015, a joint letter signed by forty two members of congress was sent to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, calling for a full investigation by the Department of Justice into the cases of Xiaoxing Xi, Sherry Chen, and other similar cases regarding whether race or ethnicity played a role, and why it appears that there is a pattern and practice of minorities being singled out for arrest and indictment by federal officials.
letter from the entire Congressional Delegation of Delaware
On November 18, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) had a meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch regarding recent high profile cases against Chinese American scientists.
letter from The U.S. Civil Rights Commission
On November 5, 2015, a joint letter signed by forty two members of congress was sent to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, calling for a full investigation by the Department of Justice into the cases of Xiaoxing Xi, Sherry Chen, and other similar cases regarding whether race or ethnicity played a role, and why it appears that there is a pattern and practice of minorities being singled out for arrest and indictment by federal officials.
各大民间团体组织的反馈和诉求:
多名院士和诺奖获得者为蒙冤华裔科学家请愿
On November 5, 2015, a joint letter signed by forty two members of congress was sent to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, calling for a full investigation by the Department of Justice into the cases of Xiaoxing Xi, Sherry Chen, and other similar cases regarding whether race or ethnicity played a role, and why it appears that there is a pattern and practice of minorities being singled out for arrest and indictment by federal officials.
亚裔议员:应调查华人科学家间谍冤案中“种族定性”问题
On November 5, 2015, a joint letter signed by forty two members of congress was sent to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, calling for a full investigation by the Department of Justice into the cases of Xiaoxing Xi, Sherry Chen, and other similar cases regarding whether race or ethnicity played a role, and why it appears that there is a pattern and practice of minorities being singled out for arrest and indictment by federal officials.
ACAPS:letter from 480 Chinese Am. professors & scientists, U. of MD.
On October 22, Rep. Judy Chu (CA27) questions FBI Director James Comey on the investigations into Chinese¬American scientists who were wrongfully accused of espionage. Rep. Chu pointed out that though the charges were dropped, the damage to their reputation remained. Rep. Chu asks how we can make sure that no other American, regardless of their origin or background, endures this type of egregious humiliation and shame.
A National Petition by "Concerned Scientists, Engineers and Professors"
On May 21, 2015, Congressional members led by Judy Chu, Ted Lieu, and the Asian Pacific American Caucus raised concerns about this apparent pattern of profiling due to ethnicity, national origin, and race during a press conference on Capitol Hill. A joint letter signed by 22 Congressional members was sent to Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
Committee of 100:Legal Risks in Advancing Technology between the U.S. and China
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Collateral Damage
U.S. fight against Chinese espionage ensnares innocent Americans

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