A Convenient Spy: Wen Ho Lee and the politics of nuclear by Dan Stober

By Dan Stober

No espionage case in fresh a long time 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 a criminal offense which may by no means have happened led to 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 chance to the total state. yet after pleading responsible to simply 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 used to be simply backing up his paintings records doesn't withstand scrutiny. As Stober and Hoffman document, Lee's lies and his unexplained connections to international scientists spanned eighteen years. He was once a safety nightmare. Tapping at his keyboard, he assembled a personal number of the pc courses used to layout America's nuclear guns, then left them prone to hackers and overseas intelligence providers for years. The FBI's belated discovery that he had additionally placed the codes on transportable cassette tapes introduced a frenzied around the globe seek that finally carried brokers to the Los Alamos landfill. And but this present day, the tapes have by no means been came across. In 1995, Lee was once simply one other American, a Taiwanese immigrant striving to help a kinfolk he adored and to make a reputation for himself in clinical circles. Unknown to him, notwithstanding, scientists operating within the mystery international of nuclear-weapons intelligence tested purloinedChinese files, studied secret agent studies, and puzzled: Had China stolen the secrets and techniques of the W88, America's so much complicated nuclear weapon? clinical hunches quickly advanced right into a felony research geared toward Lee. He have been overheard through the FBI whereas telephoning a secret agent suspect, and he used to be warmly embraced via a high-ranking chinese language nuclear-weapons reputable whom he wasn't purported to comprehend. The FBI famous that he was once "ethnic Chinese." And during this doubtful interval after the chilly battle, 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 keeping nationwide safeguard. during this stormy confluence of intelligence and politics, Lee grew to become a handy secret agent. yet used to be he responsible? Dan Stober and Ian Hoffman inform the tale of the Wen Ho Lee fiasco dramatically and authoritatively, offering an aim account that no partisan model of the tale can fit.

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