Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn This week, The Wire's cover story was an excerpt of Pulitzer Prize finalist Mara Hvistendahl's new book, The Scientist and the Spy, about the FBI's investigation into a Chinese agricultural company's efforts to steal American seed technology. The case, Operation Purple Maze, became one of the most notorious prosecutions of Chinese economic espionage in the United States. In this interview, The Wire's David Barboza talks with Hvistendahl about the case, and her reflections on its implications for U.S.-China relations. What follows is a lightly edited audio recording of their conversation. Interview with The Scientist and the Spy author Mara Hvistendahl Mara Hvistendahl is an investigative journalist and the author of the book The Scientist and The Spy: A True Story of China, the FBI, and Industrial Espionage. Mara’s writing has been published in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Popular Science, Scientific American, WIRED, and other publications. David BarboSubscribe, register or login to read the rest. Registered users can access a limited amount of content for free.Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.