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How Inept Is the FBI? | Commentary

Two narratives stand in mutual contradiction. In one of them, Wen Ho Lee, a computer scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, is what the New York Times called him in June 1999: a man possibly “responsible for the most damaging espionage of the post-cold-war era,” and almost certainly guilty of providing the nation’s most precious secrets to Communist China. In the other, he is what the same New York Times called him a year later in an extraordinary editorial note: the victim of a “witch hunt.”

Which narrative, if either, is true, or at least more plausible? Continue reading

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