How Not To Catch A Spy

Clinton's way: first, take years to snare a suspect and beef up security. Then say you did everything right

The government doesn't like to catch spies. Nabbing one tends to be embarrassing, seen as proof that the people in charge have been sloppy and lax on security. And it raises painful questions: How much damage has the spy done? Why wasn't he rooted out earlier? Who's making sure such pillaging of the country's vital secrets doesn't happen again? It's an unwinnable debate that no Administration wants to join.

But it is this kind of scandal that hit the White House last week--and the fact that it involved China made the mess even harder to clean up. Bill Clinton has already...

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