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September 23, 2000
I'd like to commend Robert Scheer for his Sept. 19 commentary, "So Many Left Lee to Twist Slowly, Slowly in the Wind." As a Korean American woman culturally and an Asian American woman politically, I was all too familiar with the sad case of Wen Ho Lee. I am angry that people in authority lied to keep him in prison. I am angry that he was shackled. And I am horrified that Atty. Gen. Janet Reno refuses to acknowledge a mistake that traumatized so many of us. The Asian American community has been outraged by the treatment of Lee from the outset.
July 14, 1991
Letter writer Muriel E. Brewer concedes that Lee's work is drawn from experience, but she nonetheless negates the validity of that experience by dismissing it as limited and describes his work as parochial. One way of dealing with the disconcerting intrusion of a socially charged theme into the dominant consciousness is to dismiss the work and its creator as immature. But how often are contemporary white artists required to broaden their perspective in their choice of subject matter or in their point of view?
November 23, 1992
If Lee wants to make the point that there is discrimination in editorial coverage, he can do it without discriminating himself! With his movies, he has created his own bully pulpit for denouncing whatever he wishes to denounce, and he does it well. I think Bates misses the real answer as to what Lee was doing. He wasn't increasing jobs for others or giving visibility to anyone else, at least as a primary goal. He was creating controversy to increase publicity for himself, which eventually leads to Lee making a buck!
April 4, 1987 |
Former Steamer Stuart Lee kicked in a power-play goal with 11:07 remaining, giving the Los Angeles Lazers a 3-2 victory over St. Louis Friday night in a battle of Major Indoor Soccer League tail-enders. Lee's goal, his 26th of the season, snapped a deadlock created by Daryl Doran's two goals for St. Louis and gave the Lazers their first victory in St. Louis since April 21, 1984. The Steamers, who had won six straight games at home, made up a 2-0 deficit in the second and third periods.
February 5, 2001 |
Attorneys for former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Wen Ho Lee expressed concern about news leaks suggesting that prosecutors want to resume questioning Lee about downloading restricted data and other matters. The Washington Post reported that the FBI and federal prosecutors were considering seeking court approval to further question Lee, who pleaded guilty to a single count Sept. 13 and agreed to be interrogated under oath for 60 days.
September 15, 2001 |
The case of Wen Ho Lee has passed its last official milepost as the former Los Alamos scientist completed terms of his plea agreement. At 12:01 a.m. Friday, Lee was officially free of the constraints imposed by his plea in a case that accused him of mishandling nuclear weapons data at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Lee, 61, pleaded guilty one year ago to one count of illegal downloading, and 58 other counts were dismissed. He was set free with a judge's apologies.
December 25, 2003
Re "Secrets, Lies and Media Privilege," Commentary, Dec. 22: I continue to be amazed at Robert Scheer's misleading portrayal of Wen Ho Lee. Lee pleaded guilty to one count of mishandling of governmental data. True. What Scheer has failed to mention is that Lee downloaded the equivalent of 250,000 pages or more of nuclear weapons information from a classified computer -- at about midnight on a Christmas Eve, among other times -- and then smuggled the magnetic tapes of data out of Los Alamos National Laboratories.
July 14, 2002
As a former Bay Area resident, I applaud your publication of Gary Rivlin's article on U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee ('Looking-Glass Politics,' June 16). A representative's job is just that-to represent his or her district. Lee does that without compromise. All districts should be so lucky to be listened to as intently as she listens to hers. Rose Reis-Jackson Via the Internet Rivlin's piece paints a picture of a deeply disturbed and deluded woman in symbiosis with a deeply disturbed and deluded community, the 9th Congressional District.
September 15, 2000 |
Wen Ho Lee spent his first full day of freedom as a prisoner in his own house Thursday as camera crews and reporters camped outside in hopes of a glimpse of the meek scientist who has been transformed from a reputed master spy to a national symbol of government misconduct. Lee stayed inside his modest home in White Rock, N.M., where he enjoyed his first melon, took his first bath and cooked his first meal for his family since his arrest and incarceration in December.
March 9, 2004 |
Reading "Aloft," a quiet but stirring novel by Chang-rae Lee, is to remember why we read literature in the first place. With gorgeous prose and sharp-eyed metaphors, Lee reminds us of things we hold important but have somehow lost track of as he presents conventional tales in a fresh guise. Author of two previous award-winning novels ("A Gesture Life" and "Native Speaker"), Lee has the exceptional ability to breathe life into themes that, on their face, would seem hackneyed.