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Hundreds of UK Academics Investigated Over Links to China


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Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs

Security services are concerned that academics may have shared pioneering British technology with the Chinese government.

Almost 200 British academics are being investigated on suspicion of unwittingly helping the Chinese government build weapons of mass destruction.

They are suspected of violating strict export laws intended to prevent intellectual property in highly sensitive subjects being handed to hostile states.

The individuals could face a maximum of ten years in prison if found in breach of the Export Control Order 2008. A source said that the government was preparing to send enforcement notices to up to 200 U.K. citizens working at more than a dozen British universities. The individuals are suspected of transferring world-leading research in advanced military technology such as aircraft, missile designs, and cyberweapons to China.

'We could be seeing dozens of academics in courts before long," a source said.

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