U.S. Drops Charges That Professor Shared Technology With China – The New York Times

Is this a case only of incompetence and racism by the Justice Department,  and heavy handedness by the FBI, or is there a side issue of underfunding? I hope
Temple University now has the guts to stand by their scientist.

“WASHINGTON — When the Justice Department arrested the chairman of Temple University’s physics department this spring and accused him of sharing sensitive American-made technology with China, prosecutors had what seemed like a damning piece of evidence: schematics of sophisticated laboratory equipment sent by the professor, Xi Xiaoxing, to scientists in China.The schematics, prosecutors said, revealed the design of a device known as a pocket heater. The equipment is used in superconductor research, and Dr. Xi had signed an agreement promising to keep its design a secret.But months later, long after federal agents had led Dr. Xi away in handcuffs, independent experts discovered something wrong with the evidence at the heart of the Justice Department’s case: The blueprints were not for a pocket heater.”

Source: U.S. Drops Charges That Professor Shared Technology With China – The New York Times