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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Classified data in the Jianyu Huang fraud case?

Classified data in the Jianyu Huang fraud case?

Roughly one year ago, Jianyu Huang, a former employee of Sandia National Labs was charged with multiple counts of federal contract fraud allegedly committed during his employment by Sandia. The Albuquerque Journal reported on June 6, 2012:

“The indictment says Huang on five separate occasions between January 2009 and this February sold at least $25,000 worth of “equipment, materials, the time and work product of (Sandia) staff, and intangible property, including the right to determine what work is performed at (Sandia,) and Sandia’s proprietary interest in intellectual property developed” at the labs.”

“The sixth count in the indictment alleges Huang lied to a Sandia counterintelligence officer, whom he told he would not take a lab-owned laptop computer with him on a trip to China last July. The indictment says Huang took the Sandia laptop on that trip.”

UPI reported on June 5, 2012 that: “He did not have access to classified national security information, Sandia National Labs said.” (

But on May 15, 2013, the Assistant U.S. attorney, Jonathon M. Gerson, filed a “Motion for entry of stipulated protective order” that states:

“This case involves “Restricted Data,” “Formerly Restricted Data,” and other information that has been classified in the interest of the national security and subject to the provisions of CIPA.”

But “Restricted Data” and “Formerly Restricted Data” are specific to classified information about atomic weapons. (

So what is going on?

How could the trial of a person without “access to classified national security information” involve “Restricted Data” and “Formerly Restricted Data”?


Anonymous said...

National security information is information classified by executive order that has been identified specifically as needing to be protected in the national interest.

Restricted data and formerly restricted data are information regarding nuclear materials and the use of nuclear materials that by their very nature are deemed by the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 to be classified unless a specific determination has been made that the information does not require protection in the national interest.

Anonymous said...

Who knows, who cares? I'm sure he f'ed up majorly in some way. DOE and CI aren't out to fight imaginary battles, they have enough real ones to deal with.

Its the same deal with Wen Ho Lee. They couldn't prove in a court of law that he sold the Reds secrets, just like they couldn't prove OJ Simpson killed his wife. But we all know he did it, so they went to town on related charges.

Just remain a red blooded, god fearing American, and you'll be fine.

Anonymous said...

"How could the trial of a person without “access to classified national security information” involve “Restricted Data” and “Formerly Restricted Data”? "

In this case, "access" means having a clearance (i.e., "access authorization" in government speak), not necessarily actual possession or knowledge of classified data. If the guy was exposed to or obtained classified data without an appropriate clearance, then presumably the trial will "involve" that classified data.

Anonymous said...

But we all know he did it, so they went to town on related charges.

How do you know?

Anonymous said...

Just the theft element would get the guy a fine or some years in prison. If they have an espionage element to the case, even garden variety industrial espionage and export control violations, that will lead to more years to his prison sentence. Either way he deserves to rot in hell.

Anonymous said...

What is this Sandia that you speak of? Only LANL has a culture problem and is the problem, all other labs are pure. L

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