Weeks after reports that Wen Ho Lee, a Chinese-American scientist at Los Alamos, may have leaked secret nuclear-weapons designs to Beijing back in 1988, some in the U.S. intelligence community are asking: was the FBI deliberately slow to investigate?
It looked like a classic spy operation. Burrowed deep in Los Alamos, the mountaintop lab containing America's most sensitive nuclear secrets, a Taiwanese-born scientist, Wen Ho Lee, was suspected of passing classified-weapons specs to Beijing.The news sent a shudder through official Washington.
AS A FORMER ALTAR BOY, LOUIS Freeh was warned against the sin of pride; be humble, he was especially about your virtue. Freeh, who came to the FBI from the federal bench, wants to be called "Louie," not "Director" or "Judge." On his first visit to New York as director of the FBI, agents showed Freeh to the suite in the Waldorf Astoria reserved for the nation's top G-man since the days of J.
BUT FOR HIS SIZE AND HIS BATtered briefcase, there was nothing remarkable about the big guy on the Washington Metro last week. Webster Hubbell, the Little Rock lawyer who became number three at the U.S. Justice Department on the strength of his long association with Bill and Hillary Clinton, was wearing khakis, a winter jacket and hiking boots-and like everyone else on the subway, he endured morning rush hour in stoic silence.
IT'S BEEN 20 YEARS SINCE THE FAMILY of Karen Ann Quinlan fought a momentous legal battle for the right to take her off a respirator. The "right to die" movement touched off by her case gave rise to living wills, the right to refuse unwanted treatment, how-to suicide books and Dr.
WHEN BILL CLINTON CONTEMPLATES THE scandals that could ruin his second term, what worries him most is not the vast machinery of the special prosecutor investigating Whitewater or the potential for endless congressional hearings over shady contributions to his presidential campaign.
Even with a double-digit lead in the polls, this is not exactly what the Clintons want to hear: Ken Starr claims to be a happy man. The independent counsel investigating Whitewater announced this month that the grand jury has been making "'very substantial'' progress in its probe.
THE NEWS WAS ONLY getting worse. FBI Assistant Director James Kallstrom was rushing to the office to begin work on the TWA crash when his pager went off. As the head of the bureau's New York office, Kallstrom had been tapped to lead the FBI's investigation into the disaster--and his beeper was rarely silent in the middle of a crisis.
AS A BOY GROWING UP IN PHOENIX, Ariz., Dean Carl Pleasant was an enthusiastic member of an Explorer post sponsored by the local police department: he even won what was quaintly known as a ""stop-and-frisk competition.'' This fact, coupled with his lifelong fondness for guns, led his father to think the boy might someday be a cop.
THEY MADE AN UNLIKELY pair -- a sandy-haired, straight-arrow FBI veteran and a brash young conservative journalist. But Gary Aldrich and David Brock had two things in common: both disdained Bill Clinton and his entourage, and both were writing books to expose the follies of the Clintonites in power.
ARTHUR A. COIA HAS BEEN VERY good to the Democrats. His union, the Laborers' International, has given more than $3 million to the party since 1991. At a private meeting in the Oval Office in 1994, the president gave Coia, an avid golfer, one of Clinton's personal clubs, a nine-iron.