[PDF] The Scientist and the Spy By Mara Hvistendahl


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The Scientist and the Spy

It is one of the top counterintelligence targets of the FBI But a decade of efforts to stem the problem have been largely ineffective Through previously unreleased FBI files and her reporting from across the United States and China Hvistendahl describes a long history of shoddy counterintelligence on China much of it tinged with racism and uestions the role that corporate influence plays in trade secrets theft cases brought by the US government The Scientist and the Spy is both an important exploration of the issues at stake and a compelling involving re. The bias demonstrated by the author comes through clearly which casts some doubt on how true is this True Story of China When Nancy Pelosi implores Europe to avoid Chinese technology I begin to wonder what she has learned from security sources in camera For me Pelosi has lots of integrity The book is however well written and presents its case forcefully especially on the impact on US business and citizens

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A riveting true story of industrial espionage in which a Chinese born scientist is pursued by the US government for trying to steal trade secrets by a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in nonfictionIn September 2011 sheriff's deputies in Iowa encountered three ethnic Chinese men near a field where a farmer was growing corn seed under contract with Monsanto What began as a simple trespassing inuiry mushroomed into a two year FBI operation in which investigators bugged the men's rental cars used a warrant intended for foreign terrorists and spies and flew sur. Finished Absolutely wild Super thought provoking Def hoping to continue to follow this story in the news thank you again to riverheadbooks for the free copy I ll be thinking about this one for awhile

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Veillance planes over corn country all in the name of protecting trade secrets of corporate giants Monsanto and DuPont Pioneer In The Scientist and the Spy Hvistendahl gives a gripping account of this unusually far reaching investigation which pitted a veteran FBI special agent against Florida resident Robert Mo who after his academic career foundered took a uestionable job with the Chinese agricultural company DBN and became a pawn in a global rivalryIndustrial espionage by Chinese companies lies beneath the United States' recent trade war with China and. As a retired FBI agent who worked both foreign counterintelligence against China and Economic Espionage cases I found this book fascinating I did not know of this particular case before reading the book and have no preconceived notions about the case itself The prose flows smoothly here with the author s engaging style Her research is good but I got the impression there was a slight pro China or at least pro Chinese individuals leaning in her writing which is only natural for someone who spent years there and no doubt has many friendships and deep roots thereInvestigating and prosecuting economic espionage cases is a very complex business and much of the investigator s job cannot be brought out or appreciated in a book of this nature Still I think the author does a good job of discussing how victim companies are in a bind when the FBI or any law enforcement becomes involved and almost adversarial to the government in such cases I wish she had spent a little time on that The criminal prosecution complicates their business often threatening to reveal their trade secrets in court If civil litigation is in process which it usually is the defense is handed the argument that the victim company is using the government as their agent or their investigator The argument goes that the government shouldn t put its finger on the scales of what is essentially a business dispute My view is that a theft is a theft whether the victim is Molly s Hair Salon or Megacorp and law enforcement should investigate crimes and prosecute thieves A crime victim should be allowed to cooperate with law enforcement without being punished for itOne glaring omission for those of us in the field is the issue of adeuate protection In order to have a crime under the EEA of 1996 whether trade secret theft or economic espionage it is necessary to prove that the trade secret was in fact a secret ie that it was sufficiently well protected The defense will always claim that it wasn t really a secret or not well protected enough to be considered secret In effect the argument becomes if my client was able to steal it then it must not be a trade secret and therefore not a crime The crime in effect doesn t ever exist I consider the argument to be specious The author confuses this issue with the technological value of the thing stolen A trade secret doesn t have to be technology at all In fact the most valuable trade secret in most companies is a Rolodex with names of customers or suppliers It can be internal pay records and personnel performance reviews It seems to me that the issue of protections afforded or not to the corn seed lines was or should have been a major issue in this case yet it was little discussed

  • Hardcover
  • 336
  • The Scientist and the Spy
  • Mara Hvistendahl
  • en
  • 14 February 2017
  • 9780735214286

About the Author: Mara Hvistendahl

Mara Hvistendahl is an award winning writer and journalist specialized in the intersection of science culture and policy A correspondent for Science magazine she has also written for Harper’s Scientific American Popular Science The Financial Times and Foreign Policy among other publications Proficient in both Spanish and Chinese she has spent half of the past decade in China where she



10 thoughts on “The Scientist and the Spy

  1. says:

    What makes a bad book bad? This is a classic example The author has an interesting premise and has mastered the mechanics of writing but the finished product leaves you wishing she had written a journal article instead of a bookShe had an interesting story to tell but the book goes wildly off the rails when she begins to include personal anecdotes in a failed attempt to bolster her credibility Then to fill space she sh

  2. says:

    Simple story biased author not worth the timeThis is a pretty straightforward story of Chinese spying that could have been told in one chapter Author seems to have little problem with Chinese espionage Disappointing book and the author’s bias was even disappointing

  3. says:

    Finished Absolutely wild Super thought provoking Def hoping to continue to follow this story in the news 😳 thank you again to riverheadbooks for the free copy I’ll be thinking about this one for awhile

  4. says:

    Hvistendahl presents a thoroughly researched and engaging account of a case of economic espionage against a Chin

  5. says:

    As a retired FBI agent who worked both foreign counterintelligence against China and Economic Espionage cases I found this book fascinating I did not know of this particular case before reading the book and have no preconceived noti

  6. says:

    Who knew spying about corn could be so interesting I now know a lot about corn than I should know or need to know But we live for those moments don't we

  7. says:

    Note The copy I have with me is the uncorrected version which I have won through a raffle by Fully Booked called 20 Reads for 2020 I cannot cite the book as such and will still have to refer to the officially published version However I believe that I somehow have the very skeleton of the book to be released on 04 February 2020 The book despi

  8. says:

    This gripping true account of the attempt by the FBI to stop the theft of agricultural trade secrets by a group from China also deals with the related issue of racial profiling in US crime enforcement

  9. says:

    The bias demonstrated by the author comes through clearly which casts some doubt on how true is this True Story of China When Nancy Pelosi implores Europe to avoid Chinese technology I begin to wonder what she has learned from secu

  10. says:

    It was a false promise I thought I was going to read factual unbiased information about the issues that the United States has in dealing with an example of Chinese espionage in its obvious attempt to steal rather than innovate Instead

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