Federal Excess

You've Heard of the Rosenbergs, Mr. Lee?

In a hard-edged FBI interview with indicted nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee last March, federal agents told him that if he didn't own up to spying, he might be jailed for life or even executed. "The Rosenbergs are the only people that never cooperated with the Federal Government in an espionage case," an agent told Lee, according to an unclassified copy of the transcript obtained by TIME. "You know what happened to them? They electrocuted them, Wen Ho."

"Yeah, I heard," Lee replied. The agent persisted. "You know Aldrich Ames? He's going to rot in jail." When Lee tried to leave,...

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