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Yuesheng Wang, who’s accused of spying for China while working at Hydro-Québec, denied at his bail hearing Thursday he did anything wrong.
Answering questions from defence lawyer Gary Martin, the 35-year-old Candiac resident said he did not send any information that could be considered secret.
Wang said he sent emails from a computer he used while working for Hydro-Québec to a personal email address — but insisted the documents were “open source.”
“Open source — it is already published. Everybody can see it,” said Wang, who had difficulty testifying in English at the Longueuil courthouse and often asked for help from a translator.
Federal prosecutor Marc Cigana asked Wang whether he was aware he was not allowed to use his Hydro-Québec email address to send information to a personal address.
“No one told me I was not allowed,” Wang said.
Cigana asked whether Wang knew he was not allowed to take photos of his laboratory at Hydro-Québec. Wang said he had “no idea” how many photos he took with his personal cellphone. He said he took the photos to show his colleagues there were safety problems in the laboratory.
“I want to clear my name. I want to stay here to clear my name,” Wang said when Martin asked whether he had anything to say to convince the court he is not a flight risk.
Wang said he wants information from his bail hearing to be public information because he feels he has done nothing wrong.
Martin did not ask for a standard publication ban on evidence heard during the hearing, and it is rare for a person accused of a crime in Canada to comment on the evidence during a bail hearing.
The defence lawyer asked Wang whether he is a member of any groups in Canada other than a hiking group he belongs to.
“Normally, I just work from home and go hiking,” he said.
Wang has been detained since he was arrested on Nov. 14 after an investigation by the RCMP.
He is charged with the unauthorized use of a computer.
On Thursday, Martin repeated a request that handcuffs Wang was required to wear, along with constraints on his feet, be removed during the bail hearing.
“This is not very Canadian,” Martin told the judge.
The judge agreed with the request, and a prison guard removed Wang’s handcuffs.
In a statement, the RCMP said their investigation began “in August 2022 after receiving a complaint from Hydro-Québec’s corporate security branch. Mr. Wang allegedly obtained the information to which he had access in the course of his duties.”
He is alleged to have done this “to the detriment of Canada’s economic interests,” according to the RCMP.
This story will be updated.
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