CALLING JOHN HUANG

The US has many policemen. Some of them do not wear uniforms nor do they work for an agency known as law enforcement. Yet, they have arrest powers, can carry guns and have jurisdiction over laws which could bring criminal charges. One such post is the Bureau of Export Administration (BXA) at the Commerce Department. BXA oversees, investigates, approves and prosecutes export actions that may violate national security. BXA is a "trade cop" controlling the sale of advanced technology such as super-computers, encryption and communications.

The top "cop" post at BXA is the head legal Counsel. The head counsel is often the last stopping point before a "yea" or "nay" is given to US companies who wish to export controlled products. The BXA legal counsel determines if a "deal" violates the law. This legal counsel is suppose to know both the technology and the limits of the law because he is charged to enforce them.

The current top legal cop at BXA is Hoyt Zia and he is having a bit of a legal problem himself. Zia has commanded legal affairs at BXA since 1994. Yet, since 1994 AT&T, Motorola and RSA would all cut some sort of export deal on advanced encryption for China. The AT&T deal (Hua Mei) enabled China to obtain advanced fiber optic ATM technology and secure encryption systems. The GAO wrote an entire report on how the Commerce Department allowed secure communications equipment to be sold to a company owned by two Generals of the Chinese Army. Additionally, Hoyt Zia was also employed by Motorola for six years prior to his current job at Commerce. This would seem to pose a certain problem with conflict of interest especially when he also has oversight on Motorola exports.

However, the last deal, a "joint research" effort between RSA and the Chinese Government, seems to have escaped Mr. Zia altogether. This author has shown that other Commerce Department associates of Zia were very interested in RSA. Ginger Lew, the top legal counsel at Commerce, met with RSA Chairman Bidzos in a failed attempt to purchase RSA patents for encryption technology. Ira Sockowitz, the expert who reviewed all business travelers who went overseas with Ron Brown, accumulated an entire secret file on RSA. One would expect Zia would have reviewed the RSA "research" deal and verified it as a-okay. Of course, since RSA is the leading US encryption software company, one also would expect Zia to be familiar with the billion dollar firm.

However, Zia claimed under oath he had never heard of RSA.

Finally, Mr. Zia also has some unusual connections with John Huang, and donations raised for the 96 Clinton/Gore campaign. In 1996 Zia would leave his BXA post at the end of each day and truck over to DNC headquarters. Zia worked closely with Huang on the Clinton re-election and they would often meet at DNC headquarters. In fact, Zia was so close to Huang that he had both the DNC office and home phone number of John Huang. Zia admitted that he called Huang several times from October of 96 through February of 97. Zia called Huang from his Maryland home and offered his assistance during Mr. Huang's "legal troubles". This would not be so bad except at the time of Zia's calls... John Huang was hiding from US Marshals.


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