Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The Spy Who Posted His Professional Resume

No, it's not Instaputz...

A retired University of Tennessee professor is accused of conspiring to provide military secrets to a Chinese graduate student.

J. Reece Roth was indicted Tuesday on 18 charges related to violating the Arms Export Control Act and trying to defraud the U.S. Air Force.

The charges involve work performed by Roth and the student on an Air Force contract to develop flight controls for weapons-deploying unmanned aircraft.

The government says Roth failed to get permission to involve a foreign national in the work, carried sensitive documents on a lecture trip to China and directed wire transmissions of restricted technical data to China.

Roth's attorney says his client has done nothing illegal and conducted himself ethically and honestly.

Being the "wily" spy that he allegedly is, Roth seems to have committed the greatest sin that a spy can commit--he put his entire professional resume online. Here is the heavily edited version, and I'm just keeping all of the open references to working with foreign entities of interest, with China and with Chinese educators:

The most recent version of the professional resume [over ten pages in length] that Roth posted online and updated on January 3, 2008

J. Reece Roth, Ph. DProfessor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering and IEEE FellowPlasma Sciences Laboratory ( of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
Dr. J. Reece Roth obtained an S. B. in Physics from MIT in 1959, and a Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1963 with a major in Engineering Physics. He joined the NASA Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio in 1963, where he was Principal Investigator of the Lewis Electric Field Bumpy Torus Project until 1978. He is presently Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; an Honorary Professor at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, P.R.C; and an Interim Honorary Professor of the Shenzhen Campus of Tsinghua University, China. an Honorary Professor, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, 1992;

...and Interim HonoraryProfessor of the Shenzhen Campus of Tsinghua University, China, 2006-2008.

Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering

Iranian Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering

City of Hong Kong

Slovak Research and Development Agency

Prof. Roth published a 1985 textbook Introduction to Fusion Energy, which is now in its fifth printing, and a Chinese edition of which was published in 1993 by the Tsinghua University Press, Beijing.

Prof. Roth iscurrently writing a three-volume textbook, Industrial Plasma Engineering, the first volume of which was published by the Institute of Physics Press of Great Britain in January, 1995, and a Chinese edition of which was published in 1998 by the Chinese Academy of Sciences Press.

The second volume was published in July, 2001, and a Chinese translation is in preparation.

Since the early 1980’s, Prof. Roth has warned his students not to buy oceanfront property for their retirement because of the effects of global warming, and has devoted the first chapter of his fusion energy textbook (1985) and his industrial plasma engineering text (1995) to the issues of energy conservation and global warming.

"Mechanisms of Sterilization, Decontamination, and Surface EnergyEnhancement by Exposure to the One Atmosphere Uniform Glow Discharge Plasma (OAUGDP)",Paper No. D -1, Proceedings of the 12th Asian Conference on Electrical Discharges, November 19 -22, 2004, Shenzhen, P.R.C. (available at Roth J. Reece (Invited)

I don't know about you, but anything this guy did was probably done by accident and by virtue of the fact that he was working on things well beyond a layman's understanding. I am not making the case that he is innocent. I am making the case that Professor Roth traveled the world, working on very complex subjects, and anything he may have transferred could have been done innocently and by accident. For some reason, I suspect that there has been a "misunderstanding" here.

It's just a hunch.

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