One of the nation’s leading computer scientists says he refused a six-figure payoff from Chinese agents in what was an obvious “recruitment strategy” targeting Canadian academics. Professor Benjamin Fung of McGill University detailed the scheme in testimony at the Commons science committee.

“I asked them, ‘What do you want me to do?’” testified Fung. “Their response was, ‘You just need to reply to our emails.’”

Fung is the Canada Research Chair at McGill’s School of Information Studies. “My research interests include artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and malware analysis,” he testified. “The Communist Party of China and Chinese state-affiliated companies expressed strong interest in my research in past years.”

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