January 21's Fact of the Week

In 1999, Dr. Wen Ho Lee was charged with 59 counts of mishandling classified information and suspected of leaking defense secrets and information to the Chinese government (W-88, one of the U.S. most advanced thermonuclear missile). Lee was a nuclear physicist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, and his name was leaked to the press after accusations. He was taken to a room without an attorney or counsel and threatened with the electric chair to expedite confessions. At 60-years-old he was kept in solitary confinement without bail for 278 days with the option of seeing his family and attorneys only one hour per week (and unable to speak Chinese unless a government-sponsored translator was present). A contemporary case of racial profiling, ethnic/racial scare, and miscarry of justice, his case lacked evidence to connect him to his charges and was released.