Secrets, Part One

The Fallout from Nuclear Leaks to China

U.S. Customs Commissioner RAY KELLY is adding agents and money to his agency's strategic-investigations unit because of Chinese efforts to smuggle out advanced U.S. weapons components and know-how. Last month agents thwarted China's second attempt to obtain military gyroscopes used in guidance systems for "smart" munitions, missiles and fighter aircraft. More customs cases are under way involving Chinese efforts to pilfer so-called critical technologies. FBI counterespionage specialists fear that the problem of spying isn't confined to Chinese visitors to the national labs. The FBI is taking a hard look at activities by scientists from several other nations, most notably Iran. For...

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