China Sending ‘Thousands’ of Spies to U.S. Colleges

China Sending ‘Thousands’ of Spies to U.S. Colleges
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Chinese intelligence services have sent “thousands” of people to U.S. colleges under the guise of college students and professors, federal officials said.

“We want to encourage people to come here and study,” Andrew Lelling, the U.S. attorney for Massachusetts, told reporters Friday. “This isn't about targeting everyone who's a Chinese national. But there are thousands who are directly linked to a state-sponsored effort to steal intellectual property.”

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