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BIRMINGHAM – U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town appointed to serve on the Justice Department’s China Initiative.
The group is led by Assistant Attorney General John Demers, who heads the Department of Justice’s National Security Division. Town is one of five U.S. Attorneys—to include U.S. Attorneys from Massachusetts, California, New York and Texas— serving on the working group along with other Department of Justice leaders, senior FBI officials, and Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division, Brian Benczkowski.
The Initiative will pursue high priority Chinese economic espionage and trade secret cases. It reflects the Department’s strategic priority of countering Chinese national security threats and reinforces President Trump’s overall national security strategy.
“It is an honor and a privilege to join my colleagues in the FBI and Department of Justice to expose any threats to our national security posed by the theft of American innovation, American technology, and American intelligence. I look forward to the leadership of Assistant Attorney General John Demers,” Town said. “The Department of Justice remains on the front lines of these threats to our national security. U.S. companies, many of them with a footprint here in the Northern District of Alabama, spend billions developing intellectual property, trade secrets, and other proprietary information only to see it infringed upon by foreign bad actors. Whether state secrets or trade secrets, the China Initiative will offer profound resolve to those inimical threats posed to our sovereignty, by China.”
“China wants the fruits of America’s brainpower to harvest the seeds of its planned economic dominance,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers. “Preventing this from happening will take all of us, here at the Justice Department, across the U.S. government, and within the private sector. We will confront China’s malign behaviors and encourage them to conduct themselves as they aspire to be: one of the world’s leading nations.”