DoED Investigation Finds That U.S. Universities Have Taken $1.3 Billion From Russia, China, Qatar

Sunday, December 15, 2019
By Paul Martin

This is the real foreign collusion scandal.

By Shane Trejo
Dec 14, 2019

The Department of Education (DoED) is conducting an investigation into foreign governments funding U.S. universities, and they have found that governments such as Russia, China and Qatar have given them a staggering $1.3 billion.

These are the preliminary findings in an ongoing investigation into six different universities, and Education Secretary Betsy Devos believes that much more money could be discovered before the investigation concludes.

“It is already a reporting requirement for schools to report all foreign contributions. From my perspective, it’s a simple requirement: Report all foreign money you get.” DeVos told the Washington Examiner.

“We’re going to continue to raise the flag on this, and we think, just given what we’ve seen scratching the surface, there’s a lot there that has gone undetected,” she added.

Devos believes that this is an urgent national security issue that must be addressed and resolved.

“We’re raising this issue and letting schools know that we’re going to be paying attention in ways that hasn’t happened before,” she said.

The universities under review include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Texas A&M, Cornell, the University of Maryland, Georgetown, and Rutgers. Acting general counsel Reed Rubinstein called the initial findings very “disturbing” in a letter to the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, the Education Department.

The country that appears to be most involved in funding universities is China, which has been recently implicated in a plot that has planted moles throughout the U.S. bureaucracy and yielded a treasure trove of sensitive intel about their chief geopolitical rival.

“One university received research funding from a Chinese multinational conglomerate to develop new algorithms and advance biometric security techniques for crowd surveillance capabilities,” Rubinstein said.

Investigators have discovered that five of the six universities they are studying had contact with Huawei, the telecommunications giant based in China that deemed a national security threat. One university even had multiple contacts with the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee while another university took gifts from a foundation “suspected of acting as a propaganda and influence front.”

While China may be the worst offender, the investigation also found that Russia and Qatar have been conducting similar operations to influence U.S. universities with foreign cash. One university had a relationship with Kaspersky Lab, a cybersecurity company with suspected ties to Russian intelligence that the Trump administration has banned from being a federal contractor.

Rubinstein points to court documents indicating that Qatar donations are conducted for the explicit purpose of peddling influence, and secrecy is often tied to any agreement.

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