In Stunning Admission, FBI Says It Should Have Addressed Chinese Talent Recruitment Programs Sooner

FBI Admission Comes During PSI Hearing on Senator Portman’s Report Highlighting Lack of Federal Response to China’s Talent Recruitment Programs

November 19, 2019 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, during a Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI) bipartisan hearing entitled “Securing the U.S. Research Enterprise from China’s Talent Recruitment Plans” chaired by Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), Assistant Director of the Counterintelligence Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) John Brown confirmed that the FBI should have taken more rapid and comprehensive action in addressing China’s strategic plan to acquire knowledge and intellectual property from researchers, scientists, and the U.S. private sector through their talent recruitment programs. The hearing focused on the new bipartisan report which documents how American taxpayers have been unwittingly funding the rise of China’s economy and military over the last two decades while federal agencies have done little to stop it. Assistant Director Brown stated: 

“…we always seek new ways to improve our effectiveness. With our present-day knowledge of the threat from Chinese talent plans, we wish we had taken more rapid and comprehensive action in the past, and the time to make up for that is now. We appreciate the conclusions of your report and we welcome your questions…”

His full testimony as prepared for delivery can be found here and video can be found here.