- A US scientist supplied China with secrets
about advanced submarine-tracking radar technology, it has been reported.
- Submarine detection technology is closely
guarded because the US Navy's ability to hide its submarines is a key military
- Peter Lee - assigned to a classified
Pentagon project in 1997 - told Chinese nuclear weapons experts about the
radar technology in a lecture he gave in Beijing in May 1997, according
to the New York Times.
- 'Prosecution blocked'
- Lee worked for defence contractor TRW
Inc, which the Pentagon had hired, said the paper which quoted court records.
- Los Angeles federal prosecutors wanted
to charge Lee with espionage, but were stopped partly because navy officials
did not want details about the radar revealed in court, law enforcement
- The Justice Department in Washington
also blocked any prosecution of Lee, the paper reported.
- Espionage claim
- Lee admitted filing a false statement
about his 1997 trip to China and to leaking classified laser data to Chinese
scientists during an earlier trip to China in 1985.
- In March last year he was sentenced to
12 months with three years' probation and a fine of $20,000, according
to the newspaper.
- Lee and his lawyer contended the Taiwanese-American
scientist made serious mistakes, but never intended to aid China or damage
his own country, the Times said.
- Arms secrets
- The submarine technology in the Lee case
was developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a weapons lab
- The report follows earlier claims that
a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, Wen Ho Lee,
was suspected of helping China to obtain arms secrets.
- China has repeatedly rejected the charge,
while Wen Ho Lee last week denied the claims against him.
- The Lee case showed Chinese espionage
ran deeper than just assertions of theft at the Los Alamos lab, the Times
- It also illustrated that the US Government
believed China was successfully receiving defence secrets during President
Clinton's second term in office.