Fallout from the China Spy Case

From January 2000

Materials presented in chronological order.

Loeb, Vernon. "Back Channels: The Intelligence Community -- The Select Agenda." Washington Post, 4 Jan. 2000, A13. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

HPSCI has "hired Paul Redmond, the CIA's former head of counterintelligence, to help draft a report, due out by mid-February, on security and counterintelligence failures at the DoE's nuclear weapons laboratories."

Pincus, Walter. "Richardson Offers Nuclear Security Plan." Washington Post, 9 Jan. 2000, A15. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 7 January 2000, Energy Secretary Bill Richardson "sent Congress his plan for a new, semiautonomous agency to run his department's nuclear weapons programs. The plan ... calls for the director of the new National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), who will also serve as an undersecretary of energy, to be appointed and confirmed by March 1. ... Richardson's plan gives NNSA its own general counsel but says that some other Energy Department employees will serve concurrently in positions inside and outside NNSA."

Gertz, Bill. "China Boosts Spy Presence in U.S., CIA, FBI Report." Washington Times, 9 Mar. 2000. [http://www.washtimes.com]

According to a joint CIA and FBI report sent to Congress in January but released on 8 March 2000, "China's spy services are stepping up military spying against the United States while using Chinese students as intelligence agents and 'political influence' programs to manipulate U.S. policy."

Marquis, Christopher. "Report Faults F.B.I. Over Its Handling of Nuclear Secrets Case." New York Times, 19 May 2000. [http://www.nytimes.com]

A Justice Department review, reported to Attorney General Janet Reno earlier this week, says that the FBI "gravely mishandled its inquiry into Wen Ho Lee ... by failing to dedicate sufficient resources to the task and focusing too narrowly on a single suspect." See also, David A. Vise and Vernon Loeb, "Justice Study Faults FBI In Spy Case," Washington Post, 19 May 2000, A1.

Pincus, Walter, and Vernon Loeb. "China Spy Probe Shifts to Missiles." Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2000, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to senior U.S. officials, "[a] new review of Chinese military documents provided by a defector in 1995 has led U.S. intelligence agencies to conclude that Chinese espionage has gathered more American missile technology than nuclear weapons secrets."

Kan, Shirley A. China: Suspected Acquisition of U.S. Nuclear Weapon Secrets. Washington, DC: Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress, 1 Feb. 2006. 

This report reviews the many factors that went into the huge dispute over Chinese spying.

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