Press: The Story Within The Story

When New York Times reporters James Risen and Jeff Gerth broke it on March 6, 1999, the story of Wen Ho Lee carried the plot line of a first-rate cold war thriller. In case the gravity of the security breach was lost on readers, the Times evoked the memory of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were convicted of--and executed for--leaking nuclear secrets from the same lab to the Soviet Union. The paper quoted a former CIA official as saying the case was "going to be just as bad as the Rosenbergs'."

Now that so much of the story has unraveled, many...

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