This is an interesting problem that the U.S. government faces. There are a large amount of spies attempting to steal information from U.S. universities and research institutions for both commercial reasons and militaristic reasons. In response, it seems that government agencies and universities are cooperating to combat this. In addition to this, foreign intelligence services are trying to recruit American students while they are studying abroad.
Interestingly enough, both the universities I have attended were also attended at some point by radical Islamic terrorists (one was arrested while I was there), and I know universities have been on the lookout for potential Islamic terrorists for some time.
Has anyone ever encountered something like this at their Undergrad, Business school, or Study Abroad?
Glenn Duffie Shriver studied [abroad] at East China Normal University in Shanghai. After graduation, he fell in with Chinese agents, who paid him more than $70,000. At their request, he returned to the U.S. and applied for jobs in the State Department and the CIA. He was sentenced to four years in prison in January 2011 after pleading guilty to conspiring to provide national-defense information to intelligence officers of the People's Republic of China. "Study-abroad programs are an attractive target. Foreign security services find young, bright U.S. kids in science or politics, it's worth winning them over," Figliuzzi said.
Do you think there is anything more that can be done to assure international students are not spies?
Do we risk antagonizing and losing smart foreign students who want to work and live here?
I did not know that foreign intelligence services were heavily targeting universities. The first time I heard of spies in U.S. universities was during the Russian Spy Scandal in 2010. One of the spies was at Columbia Business School.
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