Vernon Loeb

With Walter Pincus


Loeb, Vernon, and Walter Pincus. "Allegations of Bias Hurt Case Against Spy Suspect." Washington Post, 26 Aug. 1999, A1. []

Inquiries "by Congress and the Clinton administration have revealed flaws in the reasoning that led Notra Trulock ... and the FBI to ignore other potential suspects and focus on [Wen Ho] Lee." Others involved in the investigation "have said ... that they believe Trulock lacked any hard evidence against Lee and singled him out as a suspect because of his ethnicity."


Loeb, Vernon, and Walter Pincus. "Atomic Scientist Denies He Spied, Cites Aid to FBI." Washington Post, 7 May1999, A1. []

"Wen Ho Lee ... spoke out for the first time [on 6 May 1999], insisting in a lengthy statement by his attorney that he has never spied for China and never 'given any classified information to any unauthorized persons.'"


Loeb, Vernon, and Walter Pincus. "Bush to Speed Clinton Spy Changes." Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2001, A4. []

Senior U.S. officials said on 23 February 2001 that "the Bush administration intends to swiftly carry out recommendations left by President Clinton for a government-wide reorganization of counterintelligence [CI] efforts.... Both FBI Director Louis J. Freeh and CIA Director George J. Tenet have strongly endorsed David Szady," a CI expert "serving as special agent in charge of the FBI's field office in Portland, Ore.," to be national counterintelligence executive. The position would oversee CI "spending by all federal agencies and ... identify the most important technologies, weaponry and other national assets that must be protected from foreign spies."

[CI/00s; FBI/00s/Hanssen]

Loeb, Vernon, and Walter Pincus. "Espionage Whistleblower Resigns: Energy's Trulock Cites Lack of Support as Debate About His Tactics Grows." Washington Post, 24 Aug. 1999, A1. []


Loeb, Vernon, and Walter Pincus. "FBI Made Wen Ho Lee Think He Failed Polygraph." Washington Post, 8 Jan. 2000, A2. []

"FBI agents misled physicist Wen Ho Lee into believing that he had failed a Department of Energy polygraph test as they pressed him during a lengthy interrogation last March to confess to passing nuclear weapons secrets to China."


Loeb, Vernon, and Walter Pincus. "FBI Searches Home of Scientist Suspected of Spying for China." Washington Post, 11 Apr. 1999, A11. []

On 10 April 1999, FBI agents searched the home of Wen Ho Lee, "the prime suspect in an espionage investigation into whether China obtained secret information about U.S. nuclear warhead design in the mid-1980s."


Loeb, Vernon, and Walter Pincus. "FBI Widens Chinese Espionage Probe." Washington Post, 19 Nov. 1999, A1. []

"The FBI has found new evidence suggesting that China may have stolen information about the most advanced U.S. nuclear warhead from one of the weapon's assemblers, widening an investigation once focused almost exclusively on Los Alamos National Laboratory and one of its staff scientists, Wen Ho Lee."


Loeb, Vernon, and Walter Pincus. "Guilty Plea, Release Leave Unresolved Questions in Lee Case." Washington Post, 17 Sep. 2000, A12. []

Dr. Lee's plea of guilty "to removing classified information from Los Alamos National Laboratory" leaves "many of the key questions about his case ... unanswered.... Among the central issues ... are whether China stole U.S. nuclear secrets, why the government investigation focused on Lee, why he copied data about nuclear weapons onto portable tapes, and how important the data may be."


Loeb, Vernon, and Walter Pincus. "Hanssen Case May Be Linked to Defector." Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2001, A5. []

Sergei Tretyakov, previously first secretary in Russia's UN mission, "has become the subject of international speculation" since Robert Hanssen's arrest. "Tretyakov defected to the United States in October [2000], around the time that FBI investigators obtained the contents of a KGB case file that quickly led them to finger Hanssen as a mole.... [However,] Tretyakov is not the only Russian spy to defect [recently].... In December [2000],... Yevgeny Toropov, another Russian intelligence officer, defected in Ottawa.... News of Toropov's defection,... confirmed 10 days ago by Canadian officials, set off another round of guessing about the source of the Hanssen material."


Loeb, Vernon, and Walter Pincus. "New Spy Satellites at Risk Because Funding Is Uncertain, Pentagon Told." Washington Post, 12 Nov. 1999, A7. []

"Congress has put the Pentagon on notice that a new generation of spy satellites ... will be scaled back next year unless money can be found for computers and communications equipment needed to process the vast stream of data from space. The new satellites, estimated to cost at least $4.5 billion over the next 10 years, are designed to produce high-resolution photographs and targeting information with fewer gaps in coverage than the current generation has."


Loeb, Vernon, and Walter Pincus. "Planted Document Sows Seeds of Doubt: Spy Experts Wonder What China Hoped to Reap." Washington Post, 28 May 1999, A3. [http://www.]

The House select committee has concluded "that Chinese spies had stolen secrets on seven of the United States' most advanced thermonuclear weapons, giving them nuclear design information 'on a par with our own.' But the committee's ... report on Chinese espionage revealed that this central conclusion rested largely upon a document deliberately fed to the CIA by a 'walk-in' Chinese agent, a spy secretly acting on the orders of China's intelligence agency. That discovery suggests that China deliberately supplied the United States with evidence of its own espionage against the U.S. nuclear weapons complex."

On 31 May 1999, the Washington Post, p. A22, carries a letter, "China's Nuclear Data Theft," from Representatives Christopher Cox (R-CA) and Norm Dicks (D-WA), respectively, chairman and ranking member of the Select Committee on U.S. National Security and Military-Commercial Concerns with the People's Republic of China. The letter reads in part:

"[O]ne of the more interesting pieces of information uncovered in the Select Committee's investigation of espionage by the People's Republic of China is a PRC document directed to the CIA by the MSS, the main spy agency in Beijing.

"The Post's May 28 news story concerning this 'walk-in' information ... cites unnamed 'professionals' who 'voiced concern' that the select committee 'placed so much stock' in this 'suspect document.'

"While there is mystery in the motives of the PRC in providing this document to the United States..., there is no question about the authenticity of the U.S. nuclear weapons design data it contains.

"Just how much U.S. design information the PRC obtained is clear from other classified sources, of which this much is now declassified: The People's Liberation Army has successfully tested its knock-off version of the world's most sophisticated nuclear design. And it got it right virtually immediately. The debate over whether the PRC stole design information for the W-88 is over: it did."


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