Monday, April 30, 2007

In Spy Case, Jury Is Schooled in Chinese Grammar

Josh Gerstein writes in The New York Sun:

A federal jury here is being schooled in the nuances and ambiguities of the Chinese language as defense lawyers challenge translations that the government says put the defendant, Chi Mak, at the center of a long-running Chinese espionage operation in the American defense industry.

In testimony yesterday, a linguist for the defense disputed the FBI's interpretation of wiretaps and surveillance recordings that the prosecution claims are incriminating evidence that Mr. Mak was a covert agent.

More here.


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