By Dan Stober
No espionage case in contemporary many years has been whatever 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 can 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 danger to the whole country. yet after pleading responsible 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 explanations have by no means been satisfactorily defined, and his often-repeated excuse that he used to be simply backing up his paintings documents doesn't face up to scrutiny. As Stober and Hoffman document, Lee's lies and his unexplained connections to international scientists spanned eighteen years. He used to be a safety nightmare. Tapping at his keyboard, he assembled a personal selection of the pc courses used to layout America's nuclear guns, then left them prone to hackers and international intelligence providers for years. The FBI's belated discovery that he had additionally positioned the codes on transportable cassette tapes introduced a frenzied around the globe seek that finally carried brokers to the Los Alamos landfill. And but at the present time, the tapes have by no means been chanced on. In 1995, Lee used to be simply one other American, a Taiwanese immigrant striving to help a relatives he loved and to make a reputation for himself in clinical circles. Unknown to him, despite the fact that, scientists operating within the mystery global of nuclear-weapons intelligence tested purloinedChinese records, studied secret agent reviews, and puzzled: Had China stolen the secrets and techniques of the W88, America's so much complicated nuclear weapon? medical hunches quickly developed right into a legal research aimed toward Lee. He were overheard by way of the FBI whereas telephoning a undercover agent suspect, and he was once warmly embraced through a high-ranking chinese language nuclear-weapons reliable whom he wasn't purported to recognize. 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 wanting to hearth Lee and seem decisive in preserving nationwide defense. during this stormy confluence of intelligence and politics, Lee turned a handy undercover agent. yet used to be he responsible? Dan Stober and Ian Hoffman inform the tale of the Wen Ho Lee fiasco dramatically and authoritatively, supplying an target account that no partisan model of the tale can fit.
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A Convenient Spy: Wen Ho Lee and the politics of nuclear espionage by Dan Stober