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 which can by no means have happened resulted in a countrywide shame. A weapons-code scientist at Los Alamos nationwide Laboratory, Lee used to be hunted as a secret agent for China, indicted on fifty-nine counts, and held in detention for 9 months as a danger to the complete country. yet after pleading accountable 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 defense 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 records doesn't withstand scrutiny. As Stober and Hoffman record, 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 number of the pc courses used to layout America's nuclear guns, then left them prone to hackers and overseas intelligence prone for years. The FBI's belated discovery that he had additionally positioned 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 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 aid a kinfolk he loved and to make a reputation for himself in clinical circles. Unknown to him, even though, scientists operating within the mystery international of nuclear-weapons intelligence tested purloinedChinese files, studied undercover agent studies, and puzzled: Had China stolen the secrets and techniques of the W88, America's so much complicated nuclear weapon? clinical hunches quickly developed right into a felony research aimed toward Lee. He have been overheard through the FBI whereas telephoning a undercover agent suspect, and he was once warmly embraced through a high-ranking chinese language nuclear-weapons authentic whom he wasn't alleged to understand. 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 was once wanting to fireplace Lee and seem decisive in conserving nationwide safety. during this stormy confluence of intelligence and politics, Lee turned a handy secret agent. yet was once he accountable? 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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A Convenient Spy: Wen Ho Lee and the politics of nuclear espionage by Dan Stober