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Police respond to newspaper report over US engineer’s sudden death ( Chi Coms ? )
Yahoo! Newsroom ^ | Feb 16, 2013 | Justin Ong

Posted on 02/17/2013 10:04:02 AM PST by george76

Todd’s parents, Mary and Rick Todd, raised questions about their son's death that remain unanswered.

Todd, an electronics engineer, had just concluded an 18-month employment with Singapore’s Institute of Microelectronics (IME). He had been developing, in collaboration with Chinese telecom giant Huawei, sophisticated radar and satellite technology for both civilian and military applications.

His mother says that at work, he was “being asked to do things that made him uncomfortable", FT quoted her as saying.

His girlfriend knew that he was increasingly stressed about the nature of his research.

Todd resigned from IME sometime later. Days before his death, he was offered a job by a US research firm working with the US defence department and NASA. On his final working day, Todd was last seen at a farewell lunch with his IME colleagues who described him as looking upbeat.

After acquiring Todd's external hard drive by chance and obtaining a second opinion on his autopsy report, the family now suspect foul play.

(Excerpt) Read more at sg.news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: chicoms; china

1 posted on 02/17/2013 10:04:09 AM PST by george76
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To: george76
Here is the Financial Times article. According to the parents nothing in the apartment fit the police description....

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/afbddb44-7640-11e2-8eb6-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2KzVJrFJo
2 posted on 02/17/2013 10:10:13 AM PST by Kid Shelleen (Beat your plowshares into swords. Let the weak say I am strong)
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To: Kid Shelleen

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/afbddb44-7640-11e2-8eb6-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2KzVJrFJo


3 posted on 02/17/2013 10:16:16 AM PST by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: george76

This story is shocking.

There is no way I would ever work for a foreign or international company.


4 posted on 02/17/2013 10:28:23 AM PST by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: SatinDoll

Interesting, detailed and somewhat long article.

Some concerns raised, that it was not suicide. Not sure from the article whether it was, or was not.

If it was not, that raises some serious issues.

Very serious.

Meanwhile China continues to grow, ever stronger.


5 posted on 02/17/2013 10:35:13 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: george76

I read the story, long and detailed but still no answers but lots of support for belief that things are not as the Singapore Police report them.

Singapore is as close to Stepford as you can get in this world. The appearances must be maintained that it is a prefect society. It is as close to a benevolent dictatorship as you can get. It makes mistakes but covers them up very well.

Mr. Todd was in a bad place and he clearly knew it. But why kill him if he was just trying to leave quietly? China is becoming more and more capitalistic and the people there and the industrialists and power brokers and rich are becoming more greedy every day. History shows us that they are undoubtedly capable of being terribly ruthless.


6 posted on 02/17/2013 10:43:01 AM PST by Sequoyah101
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To: SatinDoll

a foreign company is one thing. doing defense oriented work is another.

once he figured out he was doing sensitive stuff, he should have gone to lunch.. at the embassy ... and got the hell out of dodge without telling anyone he was leaving


7 posted on 02/17/2013 10:43:37 AM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: george76

Why would the police take his laptop and phone but not his external hard drive?


8 posted on 02/17/2013 10:56:33 AM PST by MrBambaLaMamba (This Message Contains Privileged Attorney-Client Communications)
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To: SatinDoll

>There is no way I would ever work for a foreign or international company.<

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Not even if you’re unemployed and a foreign company offers you a way of supporting your family?

My allegiance is to my immediate family first. Remember, God, family, country?


9 posted on 02/17/2013 10:56:49 AM PST by 353FMG ( I refuse to specify whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: Sequoyah101

<< why kill him if he was just trying to leave quietly? >>

He knew too much information that could hurt his last employer?


10 posted on 02/17/2013 11:00:10 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Sequoyah101

my spouse asked me if I would move there, his office was considering opening an office in their greedier days, and I said Absolutely not. He said why not? And I said because of their justice system. Absolutely no never.


11 posted on 02/17/2013 11:04:51 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk

I actually like Singapore. It is a society that a person who is comfortable with order and self-restraint for the greater good likes. I usually felt comfortable there.

The answer to people who threw their gum on the ramp at the new train system was to ban ALL gum. Stopped the problem but no more gum though people did continue to have it in their home if they could get it.

The problem though is that the justice can be draconian. Mistakes are not allowed by the perpetrator. All are punished the same. In theory and possibly in practice “smuggling” a pack of gum can have the same consequence as something much worse and thus the problem with the justice system as I see it.


12 posted on 02/17/2013 11:18:41 AM PST by Sequoyah101
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To: SatinDoll
From the article you posted:

“Mom, I’m going to call you every week, and if you don’t hear from me for a week, call the American embassy,” Mrs Todd recalled him as saying.

He had a history of depression. Was he growing paranoid or really in danger ?
13 posted on 02/17/2013 11:31:50 AM PST by Kid Shelleen (Beat your plowshares into swords. Let the weak say I am strong)
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To: sten

I wonder how many others have died.


14 posted on 02/17/2013 11:35:37 AM PST by huldah1776
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To: george76
My money's on Chinese agents.What is God's name is a US citizen doing working,in any way,on a project meant to strengthen the Chinese military???
15 posted on 02/17/2013 11:40:01 AM PST by Gay State Conservative ("Progressives" toss the word "racist" around like chimps toss their feces)
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To: MrBambaLaMamba

<< Why would the police take his laptop and phone but not his external hard drive? >>

The police missed it as it was hidden or there is mole somewhere ?


16 posted on 02/17/2013 11:41:54 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Sequoyah101
The problem though is that the justice can be draconian. Mistakes are not allowed by the perpetrator.

In my two short visits to Singapore I,too,was rather impressed.A cleaner,more orderly version of Hong Kong IMO.As for punishment...my first memory of the place was in the arrivals/immigration hall seeing the multi language sign saying that Singapore law *requires* the death penalty for drug trafficking.I've read that they do,in fact,hang you for that offense...mostly Australians it would seem.I'll bet there's not a lot of drug smuggling into the country.

17 posted on 02/17/2013 11:46:19 AM PST by Gay State Conservative ("Progressives" toss the word "racist" around like chimps toss their feces)
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To: george76

That detail is covered in the article.

At least is is mentioned. There was a hidden drive.


18 posted on 02/17/2013 11:47:12 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/afbddb44-7640-11e2-8eb6-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2KzVJrFJo

(in this article, sorry I was not clear)


19 posted on 02/17/2013 11:51:50 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: Sequoyah101
Sounds like the Chinese decided to ensure he wouldn't violate his NDA.
20 posted on 02/17/2013 12:31:50 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: MrBambaLaMamba
Why would the police take his laptop and phone but not his external hard drive?

Perhaps the XHD was not there when police searched. The parents claim it was 'altered' after he was dead.

21 posted on 02/24/2013 8:47:56 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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