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Chinese American Professor Sues FBI over Dropped Spy Charges

Xiaoxing Xi
Xiaoxing Xi

A Temple University physics professor who lost his job as the interim chair of his department after being wrongly charged with espionage is suing the FBI.

The New York Times reports a lawsuit filed on behalf of Xi Xiaoxing accuses the agency of falsifying evidence against him and ignoring repeated warnings that it was headed down the wrong path.

In the end, the FBI dropped all charges and returned all evidence.

Colleagues testified Xi simply had shared a device he had invented as part of normal academic collaboration.

“It’s like comparing a microwave to a toaster,” said David Rudovsky, one of Dr. Xi’s lawyers. “They’re completely different technologies but, well, they both warm food. It was on that level that the government got the science wrong.”

Xi’s case was featured in a 60 Minutes report on racial profiling of Asian Americans.

“My case has made so many scientists scared,” he said. “It has made so many Chinese Americans and Asian Americans scared. That’s why we are doing this. We need some accountability.”

One morning, agents barged into Xi’s home and hauled him away in handcuffs as his shocked family watched.

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