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Attorney: Operative wasn't trying to help China build weapons with TVA info
Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | Aug. 30, 2017 | Jamie Satterfield

Posted on 09/01/2017 4:51:09 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

Attorney: Operative wasn't trying to help China build weapons with TVA info

An engineer working as an operative for the Chinese government insisted Wednesday via his defense team he was not trying to help China beef up its nuclear weapons program when he stole restricted reports on American nuclear technology.

“His intent here was not to do anything nefarious,” attorney Peter Zeidenberg argued Wednesday in U.S. District Court. “(Helping China produce nuclear weapons) wasn’t the goal, and that wasn’t the effect.”

Zeidenberg’s argument came in the case of Taiwanese engineer Szuhsiung “Allen” Ho, 67, in the first-of-its-kind prosecution in the nation involving restricted American nuclear technology and China.

Ho has admitted using China’s money to buy nuclear power production technology information the U.S. government has forbidden countries such as China and North Korea from acquiring without approval.

The generation of nuclear energy produces a by-product that can be used in the production of nuclear weapons, and that’s why technology used by American nuclear power plants is tightly regulated.

Zeidenberg and attorney Wade Davies are trying to convince Chief U.S. District Judge Tom Varlan to set Ho free with the roughly nine months he spent in solitary confinement after his arrest last year as punishment enough.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Charles Atchley Jr. and Bart Slabbekorn contend they’ve already given Ho a big break for his cooperation in helping U.S. and foreign governments learn more about China’s secrets by recommending a reduced sentence of 33 months.

His penalty range, absent that recommendation, is 57 to 71 months under federal sentencing guidelines.

(Excerpt) Read more at knoxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: china; nuke; spies; spooks

1 posted on 09/01/2017 4:51:10 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Going for the Hillary Clinton Defense. Not going to be a good outcome for this guy.


2 posted on 09/01/2017 4:58:42 AM PDT by DrDude (Clinton/Awan/Huma/Obama all are tied together in Treason)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Robert Meeropol was unavailable for comment.


3 posted on 09/01/2017 4:59:54 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Psephomancers for Hillary!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I realize that kind of defense worked well for Clintons but I doubt he will have much success with it. Of course if he gets an 0bama appointed judge he may get a Nobel prize for treason


4 posted on 09/01/2017 5:05:54 AM PDT by okie 54
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I realize that kind of defense worked well for Clintons but I doubt he will have much success with it. Of course if he gets an 0bama appointed judge he may get a Nobel prize for treason


5 posted on 09/01/2017 5:05:59 AM PDT by okie 54
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To: TigerLikesRooster

String him up.


6 posted on 09/01/2017 5:07:32 AM PDT by NorthMountain (The Democrats ... have lost their grip on reality -DJT)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

“He was not tying to do anything nefarious here...”

How could he have known that stealing US nuclear technology was a no-no? It’s a cultural thing, and we should try and punish him by Chinese cultural standards (five minute trial/confession followed by 10 shot burst from an AK47).


7 posted on 09/01/2017 5:10:39 AM PDT by Chewbarkah
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
"Robert Meeropol was unavailable for comment."

Do you know how many people under 60 understand your post?

8 posted on 09/01/2017 5:37:01 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Islam delenda est.)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

That’s what wikipedia is for. To educate.


9 posted on 09/01/2017 5:38:08 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Psephomancers for Hillary!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
I believe that it would be useful for our society to hang this traitor in the WDC mall until birds stripped his carcase.
10 posted on 09/01/2017 5:51:46 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: hal ogen
It would all ring hollow if we don't get to do it to Hitlery fist.
11 posted on 09/01/2017 5:55:09 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (dead parakeet + lost fishing gear = freep all day)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Bank robbery is now legal as long as you don’t intend to harm anyone ...


12 posted on 09/01/2017 6:00:56 AM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: Former Proud Canadian; Lonesome in Massachussets

I’m over 60 and had to look it up.


13 posted on 09/01/2017 6:14:08 AM PDT by null and void (I don't expect to live in a safe world. I expect to live in a free country. Respect the Constitution)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Yup.


14 posted on 09/01/2017 6:14:30 AM PDT by null and void (I don't expect to live in a safe world. I expect to live in a free country. Respect the Constitution)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

And FR is to inspire looking it up...


15 posted on 09/01/2017 6:15:05 AM PDT by null and void (I don't expect to live in a safe world. I expect to live in a free country. Respect the Constitution)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

There are many trees on the Mall in WDC.


16 posted on 09/01/2017 6:20:39 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

I’m a little slow but I can’t understand the correlation between Ethel Rosenberg’s kid and this current item.


17 posted on 09/01/2017 7:20:23 AM PDT by ex91B10
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Intentions are all that matter. He meant well, so it's okay.

SMH

18 posted on 09/01/2017 9:12:13 AM PDT by Teacher317 (We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men)
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To: ex91B10

Some people see him as an apologist for all nuclear spies.


19 posted on 09/01/2017 9:35:02 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Islam delenda est.)
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