You’ve Been A Bad, Bad Hoya: The Twofer Edition
With a dash of disappointment and a smattering of schadenfreude, Vox has been forced to append the name of its serial to “You’ve Both Been Bad, Bad Hoyas.”
On Friday, it was revealed Walsh School of Foreign Service professor Theodore Moran was made to resign from his position as advisory role in Office of the Director of National Intelligence after his government employer learned he was also a paid consultant for Huawei Technologies, a Chinese firm with alleged connections to cyber-spying, of the NSA variety.
But wait–there’s more! On Monday, GU Law School professor James Feinerman was criticized by a U.S. District Judge for basing prospective testimony in an upcoming corporate espionage case on Wikipedia. Clearly, it hasn’t been a good week for the university’s PR office.
Caught between, uh, a superpower and a multi-billion dollar conglomerate
Moran’s resignation came after much hounding from Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA), who had filed a formal conflict-of-interest complaint with ODNI chief James Clapper in September. The AP reports that Moran and the ODNI parted ways that month, even though the details of the affair have only just hit the newswire. Moran, who also served on the U.S. National Intelligence Council, had high-level security clearance, and many of the details of his resignation have been obscured by the 1974 U.S. Privacy Act.
Huawei, the company that employed Moran in a consulting capacity since 2007, recently announced it “decided to exit the U.S. market,” citing the difficulties of doing business with American firms in an environment of extreme distrust. Moran has authored several papers that criticize what he has termed “[America’s] policy of discrimination and distrust” towards Chinese telecom businesses.
A $350 premium for the “Free Encyclopedia”
Feinerman, an Asian law scholar, is slated to appear in January as an expert witness on behalf of the prosecution in the pending case of United States v. Liew et. al., wherein the federal officials are charging China’s Pangang Group Limited Company, a state-owned steel conglomerate, on charges of conspiracy to steal trade secrets from DuPont. He charges $350/hour for his testimonial services.
Bloomberg News reports that attorneys for the defense alleged that parts of 13 pages of proposed testimony from everyone’s favorite encyclopedia, and, as a consequence, Judge Jeffrey White ruled, “the court is extremely troubled by the fact that Professor Feinerman appears to have copied much of his report from Wikipedia.” He also announced he would hold a hearing to evaluate which elements of Feinerman’s remarks are reliable, or salvageable, if you will.
Neither Feinerman nor Moran has made any comment as to their respective situations.
Vox apologizes for the conspicuous lack of snark in this article, but having learned since the eighth grade that conflicts-of-interests are unacceptable and that Wikipedia isn’t a dependable source, he has been too busy facepalm-ing.