SPY CASES - UNITED STATES

Wen Ho Lee

September - December 1999

 

Materials presented in chronological order.

Lumpkin, Beverley. "New Revelations: Investigators Asked Wen Ho Lee for Tape of Nuclear Secrets." ABC News, 15 Oct. 1999. [http://abcnews.go.com]

According to law enforcement officials, former Department of Energy nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee "has not turned over to U.S. investigators copies of key nuclear secrets he allegedly recorded onto magnetic tape.... Senior Justice Department officials have told ABCNEWS it is highly unlikely prosecutors would take any action against Lee while a renewed investigation into the allegations against him is ongoing."

Hoffman, Ian. "DOE Willing To Risk Secrets for Lee Indictment." Albuquerque Journal, 3 Nov. 1999. [http://www.abqjournal.com]

The Energy Department "has cleared federal prosecutors to use sensitive weapons information should they decide to seek an indictment against former Los Alamos lab scientist Wen Ho Lee.... [A]fter several weeks of review this summer, DOE security officers concluded that while bringing Lee to trial has the potential to expose U.S. weapons secrets, the risk was manageable."

Pincus, Walter. "U.S. Near Decision on Indicting Lee in Los Alamos Case." Washington Post, 5 Nov. 1999, A8. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to senior administration officials, the Justice Department "is in the final stages of determining what classified information could be presented in court against Wen Ho Lee, clearing the way for a possible indictment of the former nuclear weapons scientist as early as next week."

Pincus, Walter, and Vernon Loeb. "Fired Lab Scientist Can't Account for Some Disks." Washington Post, 20 Nov. 1999, A4. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"Former Los Alamos scientist Wen Ho Lee has told government investigators that he cannot account for several computer diskettes onto which he downloaded nuclear secrets, according to Clinton administration officials."

Loeb, Vernon, and David A. Vise. "Physicist Is Indicted in Nuclear Spy Probe." Washington Post, 11 Dec. 1999, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

Wen Ho Lee was arrested in New Mexico on 10 December 1999 and "charged with 59 counts of mishandling classified information and violating secrecy provisions of the Atomic Energy Act." Text of the Wen Ho Lee indictment is available at: http://www.fas.org/irp/ops/ci/docs/lee_indict.html.

Lewis, Neil A. "Imprisoned Scientist Sues U.S. Agencies." New York Times, 21 Dec. 1999. [http://www.nytimes.com]

On 20 December 1999, Wen Ho Lee filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC, against the FBI and the Justice and Energy Departments. The suit accuses "the three government agencies of violating the Privacy Act and selectively leaking 'misleading information.'"

Pincus, Walter. "Citing Missing Tapes, U.S. Fights Bail for Lee." Washington Post, 25 Dec. 1999, A6. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

Government prosecutors told a federal judge on 23 December 1999 that Wen Ho Lee should be denied bail "because he never provided credible evidence that he destroyed seven missing computer tapes he made that contain 'classified information sufficient to build a functional thermonuclear weapon.'"

Loeb, Vernon. "No Bail in Atomic Data Case." Washington Post, 30 Dec. 1999, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 29 December 1999, Federal Judge James A. Parker ordered that Wen Ho Lee should "remain in jail without bail pending trial."

 

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