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By David Wise

For a long time, whereas the USA obsessed over Soviet spies, China quietly penetrated the top degrees of presidency. Now, for the 1st time, in response to quite a few interviews with key insiders on the FBI and CIA in addition to with chinese language brokers and other people with reference to them, David clever tells the complete tale of China’s many victories and defeats in its American secret agent wars.Two key situations interweave all through: Katrina Leung, code-named Parlor Maid, labored for the FBI for years, even after she turned a mystery double agent for China, aided through amorous affairs with either one of her FBI handlers. right here, too, is the interior tale of the case, code-named Tiger seize, of a key Chinese-American scientist suspected of stealing nuclear guns secrets and techniques. those instances resulted in many others, regarding well-known names from Wen Ho Lee to Richard Nixon, lovely nationwide defense leaks, and complex cyberspying. the tale takes us as much as the current, with a West Coast undercover agent ring whose contributors have been sentenced in 2010—but it without doubt will proceed for future years, as China faces off opposed to the United States. David Wise’s historical past of China’s undercover agent wars in the United States is choked with eye-popping revelations.

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As the FBI agent despatched to Santa Fe spoke merely Cantonese, he had no credibility as an intelligence officer from Beijing. In a chain of mobilephone calls, the undercover FBI agent defined to Wen Ho Lee that he had come to New Mexico to ensure that all used to be good with Lee within the wake of the conviction in California of one other chinese language American scientist, Peter Lee, for passing protection info to China. He requested to establish a gathering with Wen Ho Lee. Lee was once skeptical of the caller's pitch, and acknowledged he used to be required to record any assembly with a international legit. He stated he most well liked to speak at the telephone. The undercover FBI agent pressed to satisfy Wen Ho Lee in individual, asserting there have been different delicate concerns along with the Peter Lee case that he desired to speak about. Wen Ho Lee then agreed to fulfill the agent on the Hilton resort in Santa Fe. yet ten mins later, Lee known as again to claim he had replaced his brain. tomorrow, the FBI guy posing as a chinese language intelligence agent known as back to assert he will be leaving Santa Fe and gave Lee a pager quantity that he acknowledged belonged to a depended on American pal and will be used if Lee desired to get in contact with him. Lee didn't record the telephone calls, yet informed his spouse, Sylvia, who informed a chum, who advised DOE safety. whilst Lee used to be then puzzled concerning the calls through DOE counterintelligence, he said the telephone calls yet didn't point out that he had approved the beeper quantity. days prior to Christmas, with Curran nonetheless made up our minds to tug Lee from X department, he was once ultimately transferred to T department, which plays unclassified paintings, the place he remained until eventually invoice Richardson, the secretary of strength, pushed aside him altogether. Richardson, a seven-term congressman and a veteran diplomat, had stepped right into a political minefield. Washington was once in an uproar. President Clinton used to be dealing with impeachment for mendacity approximately his affair with Monica Lewinsky; fees that China had contributed funds to aim to steer Clinton's 1996 presidential election crusade persevered to bubble up within the press; and Richardson knew that the Wen Ho Lee case was once swiftly coming to a head. The Cox Committee, with Trulock as its key witness, was once gearing as much as factor its sensational file on chinese language espionage, and Republicans in Congress smelled blood. Richardson now observed his possibilities of changing into the nation's first Hispanic vice presidential candidate evaporating. regardless of his Anglo identify, his mom was once Mexican, and he had excessive hopes that his Latino credentials and diplomatic and legislative checklist can assist catapult him onto the Democratic price tag in 2000. yet Richardson used to be pro adequate to understand that the turmoil on the strength division, harmful studies of mistaken protection on the labs, and the chinese language secret agent scandal, even if now not of his making, intended his political goals must be wear carry. Wen Ho Lee, in the meantime, was once blissfully unaware that the FBI were intensively investigating him for 3 years, or that he used to be the best suspect in how China had obtained layout info of the W-88.

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