Early Saturday morning, I was sent numerous emails from people about a Financial Times story about American material scientist Shane Todd who was working at the National University of Singapore. Todd died under mysterious circumstances in shortly before he was to leave his position at NUS for a position in the United States. While the Singaporean police maintain it was a suicide, with a formal inquest scheduled for March, there are significant inconsistencies and extremely troubling aspects of this story.
First, Todd told friends and family that he was being forced by his NUS research laboratory to provide dual use military technology to Chinese company telecommunications giant Huawei. Huawei has been linked to a variety of questionable behavior including among other things selling internet spyware networking technology to Iran in violation of UN sanctions. According to the Financial Times report, the NUS research lab has refused to cooperate in the investigation.
Second, Todd told family that if anything happened to him they should call the American embassy in Singapore and that it would be linked to his work at the NUS research labs work with Huawei. When people tell other people what to do if they turn up dead and then turn up dead, those warnings should be taken seriously. Furthermore, his friends all indicate that Todd was in a good mood and happy to be returning back to the United States. There is no indication that he was depressed or suicidal.
Third, there are enormous discrepancies in the police reports. From official descriptions of the scene which do not match his apartment and refusal to consider evidence that someone was using his computer after his death despite electronic evidence to the contrary.
While I will render absolutely no verdict on the cause of death of Mr. Todd as it is important to gather a lot more evidence and information, there are many unanswered questions that warrant further investigation.
I can only speak to my personal knowledge that given the frequency with which Temasek and other government linked corporations have established joint ventures with known weapons proliferators selling high grade precision machinery to Iran or partnered with the largest Burmese drug lords, it comes as no shock that a respected NUS research lab would be accused of working to obtain dual use military technology for Huawei. Now again, I will render no verdict about whether NUS has sanctioned behavior Mr. Todd accuses it of doing as there is a lot more evidence that is needed before reaching a decision. However, there should be an absolutely full investigation of the accusations leveled against NUS in potentially acting in concert with Huawei to obtain military technology for the PLA.
Finally, I have been warned by many people to never come to Singapore. Whether it is to avoid a friendly “coffee” or more serious problems, like Mr. Todd’s. Given the seriousness of the charges I have made against people, I think it only prudent to wherever I go look over my shoulder and take other prudent measures. People will take extreme actions for a lot less than the $300 billion that I claim is missing from Singaporean accounts. Given events like this, I can understand others (my pregnant wife included) concern for my safety.
I would call on the Singapore government to not only thoroughly investigate the matter of Mr. Todd but to do so in a completely transparent manner providing all evidence to the public. Only by thoroughly answering all questions and providing the proof to interested parties will these questions be answered. Hiding evidence, obfuscating the truth, and refusing to fully investigate this matter will only raise more questions.