The Long Way Home

In the rubble of the government's case against nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee, no one looks good. Why did the prosecution turn into such a fiasco?

It was hard to find anyone left standing--much less standing tall--after the government's strange case against nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee came crashing to the ground last week. No one was bleeding so heavily as the FBI and its director, Louis Freeh, whose top agent recanted some of his testimony against the 60-year-old Los Alamos engineer. But there was rubble everywhere you looked. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson, whose department had ignored security lapses at Los Alamos for years, was walking around in a daze. Rescue workers were still searching for Attorney General Janet Reno and her deputy, Eric Holder, who were...

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