By Dan Stober
No espionage case in contemporary 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 a criminal offense that can 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 hazard to the complete state. yet after pleading in charge 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 safeguard easily evaporated. but Lee's reasons 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 prone to hackers and international intelligence companies for years. The FBI's belated discovery that he had additionally placed the codes on moveable cassette tapes introduced a frenzied around the globe 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 kinfolk he adored and to make a reputation for himself in medical circles. Unknown to him, despite the fact that, scientists operating within the mystery international of nuclear-weapons intelligence tested purloinedChinese files, studied undercover agent experiences, and puzzled: Had China stolen the secrets and techniques of the W88, America's so much complicated nuclear weapon? clinical hunches speedily developed right into a felony research aimed toward Lee. He have been overheard via 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 imagined to be aware of. The FBI famous that he was once "ethnic Chinese." And during this doubtful interval after the chilly conflict, many politicians performed up China as a threatening new enemy. strength Secretary and vice presidential hopeful invoice Richardson used to be desirous to hearth Lee and seem decisive in retaining nationwide protection. during this stormy confluence of intelligence and politics, Lee turned a handy secret agent. yet used to be he accountable? Dan Stober and Ian Hoffman inform the tale of the Wen Ho Lee fiasco dramatically and authoritatively, delivering 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