TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Aug 31, 2017
A federal judge today handed down a two-year sentence for an engineer who bought American nuclear information for the Chinese government, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports. Chief U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee Tom Varlan said that the case of Szuhsiung Allen Ho is an “atypical” one – this prosecution is the first of its kind in the U.S. Ho insisted that the information he bought for China was to be used exclusively for the production of nuclear energy, not weapons, but Assistant U.S. Attorneys Charles Atchley and Bart Slabbekorn argued that regardless of Ho’s intent, China cannot be trusted to act responsibly with the information.