Magazine article Insight on the News

Richardson Sounds off on Espionage Suspect; Chinese Test-Fire Missiles

Magazine article Insight on the News

Richardson Sounds off on Espionage Suspect; Chinese Test-Fire Missiles

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On Aug. 1, alleged Chinese spy Wen Ho Lee appeared on CBS' 60 Minutes denying that he, as an employee of the Energy Department, ever leaked nuclear secrets to any country, including the People's Republic of China or so much as violated a single security rule while at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Said Lee: "The truth is I am innocent. I have not done anything wrong."

The next day, China test-fired the Dong Feng-31, its newest long-range missile, which is similar to North Korea's Taepo Dong-2 in that both can reach the continental United States. In damage-assessment reports released after the disclosures of China's nuclear spying at U.S. labs, the CIA maintained that the Dong Feng-31 would be the first weapons system to use stolen U.S. missile technology. Monica Lewinsky's former boss, Pentagon spokesman Kenneth Bacon, insisted that no stolen technology was used in the test-firing of the Dong Feng-31, but Energy Secretary Bill Richardson took to the airwaves to accuse Lee. …

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