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    US Announces Criminal Cases Involving Flow of Technology, Information to Russia, China and Iran

    US Announces Criminal Cases Involving Flow of Technology, Information to Russia, China and Iran

    — The Justice Department announced a series of criminal cases Tuesday tracing the illegal flow of sensitive technology, including Apple's software code for self-driving cars and materials used for missiles, to foreign adversaries like Russia, China and Iran.

    Some of the alleged trade secret theft highlighted by the department dates back several years, but U.S. officials are drawing attention to the collection of cases now to highlight a task created in February to disrupt the transfer of goods to foreign countries.

    “We are committed to doing all we can to prevent these advanced tools from falling into the hands of adversaries who wield them in a way that threatens not only our nation's security but democratic values everywhere,” said Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olsen, who heads the Justice Department's national security division.

    One of the newly unsealed cases, in federal court in Francisco, accuses a former Apple software engineer of taking proprietary data related to self-driving cars before his last day at the company in 2018 and then boarding a one-way flight to China on the night that agents were conducting a search at his house. Prosecutors say the defendant, identified as Weibao Wang, is believed to be now working at a China-based autonomous vehicle competitor.

    Other cases disclosed Tuesday have resulted in arrests.

    One defendant, Liming Li, 64, was arrested earlier this month…

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