Saturday, September 24, 2016

betting Espionage:Wen Ho Lee

Text files from the ago timemostly from my active days with Free Republic.

Topic: White Water
Abetting Espionage: DOJ turned down request for wiretap on Wen Ho Lee (This
was the only request denied out of over 2000)

Investors Business Daily
March 30, 1999 editorial

Not for commerical use. For educational and discussion purposes only.

Abetting Espionage

It's almost too fantastic to believe. But evidence has surfaced that the administration may have turned a blind eye
toward Red Chinese espionage - if not actually abetted it.

The lethal drama unfolding in Kosovo has helped keep the charges that Red China stole nuclear secrets out of the

But some journalists - in particular Jeff Gerth and James Risen of The New York Times - have made some very
disturbing discoveries.

Not only did the Clinton administration take its sweet time in investigating the alleged theft after learning of it, there's
reason to believe that the Justice Department failed to follow its usual procedures in overseeing the FBI probe of the

The result? The Chinese have a vastly improved missile force and no one has been held accountable. After trying to
shift blame for the theft to previous administrations (the first instances did take place in the mid-1980s), the Clinton
administration went into damage control. It claimed loudly and longly that it aggressively tried to get to the bottom of
the matter. And, of course, the White House has pledged to investigate.

But media spin notwithstanding, the administration has failed to guard the nation's secrets. Indeed, it took steps to
put these secrets more at risk. And it blocked the FBI from fully probing the security breach.

Central to the story is Wen Ho Lee, a Taiwan- born American. He worked for the Los Alamos National Lab, which
develops nuclear weapons.

Soon after the theft was discovered, Lee became the prime suspect. Yet he was not only allowed to keep his job,
reports the Times, he got promoted to a more sensitive post.

He was also permitted to hire a Red Chinese national as an assistant. Authorities can't find him.

These infractions would be bad enough. But the Justice Department's actions regarding the FBI's probe of Lee
border on the criminal.

As part of the probe, the bureau requested a wiretap on Lee. Justice denied it, arguing it did not have sufficient
grounds to take to a federal court to get the tap approved.

But a look at the Justice Department's record on wiretaps calls that argument into serious question.

From 1993 to 1997, federal officials requested 2,686 wiretaps. For all its concern for probable cause and
legal standards, the Justice Department turned down one request in those four years - Lee's in 1996.

The Clinton administration's defense that it had few grounds to wiretap Lee might carry weight if most of the
wiretaps Justice OK'd resulted in incriminating evidence. That would suggest Justice was setting and meeting high
standards for wiretaps.

But again the record suggests Justice is talking through its hat. In 1997, 21.4% of federal wiretaps produced
incriminating information. Indeed, through the first four years of Clinton's term, only one in five wiretaps revealed
shady actions.

Yet in the case of Lee and alleged Chinese espionage, the department seems to think that it needed cold proof of
illegal activity before approving a wiretap.

Several conclusions can be drawn from this case, each one more and more incredible.

One is that key officials in the Clinton administration are incredibly naive. Another is that they are criminally
incompetent. Both answers are plausible, given this administration.

But it's not too big a leap to ask if some officials were more than naive or incompetent. Were they intentionally
ignorant? Did the push for campaign cash in 1996 - some of it coming from Chinese sources - take precedence over
national security?

An even more disturbing speculation is that someone in the administration was actively working for the Red Chinese.

Sure, it sounds like a Tom Clancy novel. But why did Justice deny the wiretap request? Why did the Energy
Department promote Lee to a spot where he could learn more secrets? How did a Chinese national get hired for
such a sensitive job?

The administration has its hands full now with Kosovo. But it must not be allowed to duck these questions on Red
China's espionage.

(C) Copyright 1999 Investors Business Daily, Inc. Metadata

Again: "From 1993 to 1997, federal officials requested 2,686 wiretaps. For all its concern for probable
cause and legal standards, the Justice Department turned down one request in those four years - Lee's in

Posted by: Mulder (emailname) *
03/29/99 21:52:58 PST 
You're welcome


Hellen Les Déplorable said...

Getting a job spying on the US must be a political plumb: So relaxing and trouble-free.

Or maybe they save money by turning it into a part time job. How long could it take to intercept all the emails from

Anonymous said...

This ain't exactly news. And "the Clinton Administration" didn't "ALLOW" the ChiComs to "STEAL" our missile secrets, they fucking SOLD our missile secrets to the ChiComs for campaign contributions. Those chickens have yet to come home to roost.

Anonymous said...

Spying on the US will be even easier after Hillary is coronated by millions of the loyal democrat dead.
Just fill out your wish list, remit payment to the Clinton Foundation and watch for delivery of op Secret info in a plain brown wrapper.


Anonymous said...

If I've learned anything in 2016, it's that there is no such thing as "Criminally Incompetent". No, Incompetence gives you a get out of jail free card for any crime. Well, as long as you are Very VIP. -Anymouse

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