Chinese Nuclear Espionage

March 15, 1999

If sexual misconduct in the White House doesn't strike you as a political scandal, the New York Times has one with industrial strength. According to their investigative report, lax security at the Los Alamos nuclear weapons laboratory may have let China steal secret designs for one of America's most compact nuclear warheads. And even more disturbing is the report that the Clinton administration did nothing about it.

A recent column by William Safire makes the link. He says, "Throughout the 1996 Clinton campaign for President, China's agents of influence had the run of the White House as they raised millions for the Clinton campaign. Chinese military intelligence officials were waved in without clearance. U.S. executives contributed megabucks as they lobbied for easier approval of sales of sensitive technology to Beijing."

"In the midst of this in April of 1996 a Department of Energy official informed President Clinton's deputy national security adviser, Samuel Berger, (1) that China had probably stolen our secrets of making warheads small enough to enable long-range missiles to pack multiple nuclear punches, and (2) that the suspected spy was still at work in the Los Alamos laboratory in New Mexico." By the way, that suspected spy was still at work until last week. He was dismissed Monday, March 8 for alleged security violations.

The theft of the nuclear secrets was deemed to be so catastrophic that Paul Redmond (the CIA's former counter-intelligence chief who unmasked Aldrich Ames) told the Washington Times that China's nuclear espionage "was far more damaging to national security than Aldrich Ames."

Anyone who has been listening to my radio commentaries should not be surprised by these revelations. The Clinton China connection has been well established, and this latest scandal uncovered by the New York Times demonstrates how dangerous the China connection might be to national security.

I'm Kerby Anderson of Probe Ministries, and that's my opinion.