By Dan Stober
No espionage case in fresh a long time has been something just like the Wen Ho Lee affair. As Dan Stober and Ian Hoffman describe in "A handy Spy," an astonishingly inept research of against the law which could by no means have happened resulted in a countrywide shame. A weapons-code scientist at Los Alamos nationwide Laboratory, Lee was once hunted as a undercover agent for China, indicted on fifty-nine counts, and held in detention for 9 months as a hazard to the whole kingdom. yet after pleading accountable to only one count number, he went domestic -- with an strange and emotional apology from a federal pass judgement on. Prosecutors' claims that Lee had stolen America's "crown jewels" of nuclear protection easily evaporated. but Lee's factors have by no means been satisfactorily defined, and his often-repeated excuse that he was once simply backing up his paintings documents doesn't face up to scrutiny. As Stober and Hoffman record, Lee's lies and his unexplained connections to overseas scientists spanned eighteen years. He used to be a safety nightmare. Tapping at his keyboard, he assembled a personal choice of the pc courses used to layout America's nuclear guns, then left them liable to hackers and overseas intelligence providers for years. The FBI's belated discovery that he had additionally positioned the codes on transportable cassette tapes introduced a frenzied world wide seek that at last carried brokers to the Los Alamos landfill. And but this present day, the tapes have by no means been came upon. In 1995, Lee was once simply one other American, a Taiwanese immigrant striving to aid a kin he loved and to make a reputation for himself in medical circles. Unknown to him, even if, scientists operating within the mystery global of nuclear-weapons intelligence tested purloinedChinese records, studied secret agent stories, and questioned: Had China stolen the secrets and techniques of the W88, America's so much complex nuclear weapon? medical hunches quickly developed right into a felony research geared toward Lee. He have been overheard through the FBI whereas telephoning a undercover agent suspect, and he used to be warmly embraced through a high-ranking chinese language nuclear-weapons respectable whom he wasn't speculated to comprehend. The FBI famous that he used to be "ethnic Chinese." And during this doubtful interval after the chilly conflict, many politicians performed up China as a threatening new enemy. power Secretary and vice presidential hopeful invoice Richardson was once desirous to hearth Lee and seem decisive in maintaining nationwide protection. during this stormy confluence of intelligence and politics, Lee turned a handy undercover agent. yet was once he responsible? Dan Stober and Ian Hoffman inform the tale of the Wen Ho Lee fiasco dramatically and authoritatively, delivering an goal account that no partisan model of the tale can fit.
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